newbie installation question

Vincent Trouilliez vincent.trouilliez at
Wed Jun 3 06:27:10 UTC 2009

On Tue, 2 Jun 2009 22:53:25 -0700 (PDT)
Tena Sakai <sakaitena at> wrote:

> Hi Vince,
> I cut CD and that CD is letting me run hardware test now.
> I think I will let it run the memory test all night long and
> catch some sleep myself and boot ubuntu tomorrow.

Ah, cool, the CD is working at last ! ;-)

> But I still don't understand why bunch of files cannot be put
> onto different media. 

They can, the ISO image is a file, so can be copied on anything like
any file.

It's just that an ISO image is not just an archive of files, its point
is to represent an exact copy of a medium (a disc here), so it can
be duplicated easily and reliably, rather than just the files it
contains. To start with, the ISO is burnt on a blank CD, so the ISO
specifies what filesystem is going to be used on the CD, and if it's
going to be bootable or not.

Have a look at wikipedia as a starting point...


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