NoOp glgxg at sbcglobal.net
Fri May 30 22:20:02 UTC 2008

On 05/30/2008 02:32 PM, elmo wrote:
> Schiz0 wrote:
>> On Fri, May 30, 2008 at 12:03 PM, elmo <elmo at ne.rr.com> wrote:
>>> I notice that 8.04 is available in CD and DVD. It's obvious that a DVD
>>> has greater data  capacity but what kind of data does the DVD have that
>>> would make it preferable to the CD?
>>> elmo
>> As far as I know, the DVD has a bunch of extra stuff that a typical
>> desktop user wouldn't need. For example, it has a bunch of the
>> packages that AREN'T installed by default. It also has the server
>> edition of Ubuntu, as well as the Alternate-CD version of it. And some
>> other stuff that I forgot.
> Exactly what I wanted to know---Thank you
> elmo

You'll see from here:


that the bulk of that CD is dedicated to running the liveCD sessions.
When you do an install it fetches the bulk of the data via the network.

If you look at the alternate CD list:
you can see that that CD contains sufficient data on it to perform a
complete (albeit not updated) install without any network connection.

And the DVD:
contains a combination of liveCD, alternate CD, server CD, and
considerable additional data that could not fit on the other CD's. Have
a look at the difference in the openoffice programs on the alternate &
the DVD & you'll easily see the difference.

So, if you've plenty of bandwidth to download 3.7GB, the DVD is quite
handy to have - you can run it as a liveCD, install the added bits on
the Alternate CD (OEM install etc), and do a fairly complete install
(again less current updates) without a network connection. etc.

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