shrinking the desktop DVD image to 1.5GB

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at
Thu Jun 9 02:59:27 UTC 2011

On Wednesday, June 08, 2011 09:52:13 PM Phillip Susi wrote:
> On 06/08/2011 06:50 PM, Allison Randal wrote:
> > Following on the tail of this, a few of us have been talking more about
> > the idea of shrinking the 4.3GB DVD image down to a 1.5GB flash card/USB
> > stick/DVD image. It's looking interesting enough to be worth talking
> > about it more broadly.
> Do you mean creating a new image in between the dvd and cd, or replacing
> the dvd image?  I hope the former.  I find the DVD image handy because
> you can still boot it as a livecd, and install using the GUI installer,
> but also fall back to the alternate for server or other advanced
> installs, or if the gui installer has problems, and even use it to
> upgrade an existing system ( or several ) without having to download all
> of the packages.
> > - What should we cut from the current DVD image (currently a superset of
> > desktop, alternate, and server)? Or, perhaps more simply, what would be
> > worth adding beyond the current 700MB CD image?
> One thing that would be nice to fix with the existing DVD image is the
> waste of space it has from duplicating the language packs both as
> packages in the pool, and being installed in the sqashfs live image,
> which is MUCH larger than the one on the livecd.  It seems like the
> language packs should only be included in the pool, not the squashfs
> image, and installed on demand.  This also adds to the installation time
> significantly ( like 400% increase - it is ridiculous ) since it has to
> remove all of the language packs from the target system after copying
> the squashfs.

+1 from me for this.

Scott K

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