New Programs for Hardy?

Blaise Alleyne balleyne at
Thu Dec 13 06:58:09 UTC 2007

Chris Jones wrote:
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>> Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2007 05:06:18 -0600
>> From: "Conrad Knauer" <atheoi at>
>> Subject: Fwd: Mono (Re: New Programs for Hardy?)
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>> Hmm...  this ended up in sounder; should be in ubuntu-devel-discuss too.
>> CK
>> On Nov 28, 2007 4:49 AM, Colin Watson <cjwatson at> wrote:
>>> We are always looking for more ways to reduce CD size so that we can fit
>>> more things on the CD [...] There are various other targets of opportunity
>>> [...] that we'll be looking into as well.
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> Why is there so much focus on keeping the Ubuntu installer to the very
> limited size of a CD-R ISO?
> I mean, this modern world of computing we live in, the 700MB capacity of
> a CD-R isn't much to play around with really.
> I think sooner or later, Ubuntu is going to grow beyond what's possible
> to squeez onto a 700MB iso and be forced to adopt the benefits of DVD5
> storage. Maybe that time is approaching quicker than expected by some.
> Just my 2 cents.
I think it's very valuable to have Ubuntu run off a Live CD as opposed 
to DVD. Most modern computers will have a DVD drive, but many older 
machines do not. One of the advantages of Ubuntu and GNU/Linux in 
general is that you don't need a new computer to reap all the benefits 
(unlike say, Windows Vista). Keeping the contents on a single CD makes 
it much easier to share, distribute and install for many people. 
Additional applications can also be downloaded from the repositories.

I think there are some cases where you might want to breach that limit 
(I just finished burn a DVD for Ubuntu Studio, for example - 800 MB), 
but I think it's a good rule to try to stick to in general, IMHO.

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