Proposal for solving CD Size problems

Toby Smithe toby.smithe at
Tue Sep 26 23:08:38 BST 2006

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Andrew Jorgensen wrote:
> On 9/26/06, Scott James Remnant <scott at> wrote:
>>   - For edgy+1, make the default distribution medium a DVD, not a CD.
> One of the things I love about Ubuntu is how remarkably small it is
> compared to other distros.  One of the things I hate about SuSE (just
> an example, no flames please) is that it's huge and has to deliver on
> a DVD.  In fact you can't do a base install without 2 CDs IIRC.

This is a massive downfall for most distributions.

> I would rather keep fighting to keep it all on one CD than give up and
> go to DVD.

I'm with you on this.

> Another thing I keep wondering is why we have the desktop CD anyway.
> If we went back to the LiveCD and the alternate / install CD we could
> stave off the DVD for long enough to let DVD writers become more
> common.

The Desktop CD is just a LiveCD + installer. The Alternate CD contains
an installer, minimal system, and packages.

> Or perhaps the LiveCD should install the way Knoppix does -- just copy
> the live system to the disk and adjust / update.

This is how it works currently.
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