You lost a new Ubuntu user

Peteris Krisjanis pecisk at
Mon Dec 29 14:34:58 UTC 2008

2008/12/29 Dotan Cohen <dotancohen at>:
> 2008/12/29 Peteris Krisjanis <pecisk at>:
>> Cost of printing DVD is equal of CDs (as far as I know), so I think
>> the right way to solve this is to offer to buy or order for free (like
>> ship it) DVD instead of CD (but leaving CD also as a choice). Also I
>> would suggest to have monthly or three-monthly CDs with updates for
>> main (which could be commercial offering) so users who just want to up
>> to date their systems can get it, throw it in, read some legal yada
>> yada yada, click agree, enter their password (if they're admins) and
>> vola, their system get's updated.
>> More or less harsh lesson of this thread is that lot of people still
>> have dialups or even don't have stable Internet connection at all - or
>> it is very costly (there are countries were they still pay about local
>> traffic too, in Mb/$n). It would rock that Ubuntu/Cannonical could
>> offer them some help - even for fee.
>> Just my two euro cents,
>> Peter.
> Lots of old computers have only CD drives, no DVD drive. That's bitten
> me at least three times, back when I was installing Fedora instead of
> Ubuntu for people, and the computer wouldn't read the disc!

So this corner case would be that user:
a) doesn't have DVD reader;
b) doesn't have good Internet connection;

So only solution to such scenario is multi disc installation, two disc
with most important software from 'main' and third for translation
stuff, for example. As far as I know it wouldn't require Earth
shattering changes in code to allow this (Just have correct
/etc/apt/sources.list and preloaded package list). Question is - do
Ubuntu community has resources to help such users? Maybe someone has
already started blueprint according to this problem?

Anyway, I agree that there is lot of such users in the world and in
long term Ubuntu and it's ecosystem would only benefit of having
solution of installing/upgrading Ubuntu via offline means.

Another my two cents,

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