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    The difference between the CD and DVD versions of Ubuntu

    I found out recently that you can download ISO images of Ubuntu on DVD instead of the standard CD. Apparently it's not well advertised.

    What exactly is the difference between the two? Does the DVD install more software (like build essential packages and stuff like that) or libraries by default? Or is the install exactly the same as the CD version of Ubuntu with the exception that when your getting software from apt-get/Synaptic you can choose to install from the DVD instead of the Internet in case you have a slower connection?
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    Re: The difference between the CD and DVD versions of Ubuntu

    I don't know about this specific release, but they are usually just releases with tons of extra software you might want.

    best to order one or download from a fast connetion, though...

    Code:
    $ wget -c http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/9.10/release/ubuntu-9
    .10-dvd-amd64.iso
    --2009-12-30 14:20:58--  http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/9.10/release/ubuntu-
    9.10-dvd-amd64.iso
    Resolving cdimage.ubuntu.com... 91.189.88.34
    Connecting to cdimage.ubuntu.com|91.189.88.34|:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 206 Partial Content
    Length: 4174614528 (3.9G), 4173993278 (3.9G) remaining [application/x-iso9660-im
    age]
    Saving to: `ubuntu-9.10-dvd-amd64.iso'
    
     0% [                                       ] 790,223     2.14K/s  eta 6d 44h
    Only 6 days and... 44 hours to go (wtf? lol). If I can keep my average at 2.14 K/s, that is

    and for those who didn't get it, I was just curious. I'm not actually going to download that with a 56k hahaha

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    Re: The difference between the CD and DVD versions of Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by blueshiftoverwatch View Post
    Or is the install exactly the same as the CD version of Ubuntu with the exception that when your getting software from apt-get/Synaptic you can choose to install from the DVD instead of the Internet in case you have a slower connection?
    This, i think you can also install said software from the dvd while using it as a liveDVD without using as much ram as if you did the same on a liveCD

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    Re: The difference between the CD and DVD versions of Ubuntu

    Same install, just more software available on the disc.

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    Re: The difference between the CD and DVD versions of Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Frak View Post
    Same install, just more software available on the disc.
    If I wasn't allotted 250GB of bandwidth per month from Comcast I'd feel like I just wasted time downloading and burning the DVD ISO image.
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    Re: The difference between the CD and DVD versions of Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by blueshiftoverwatch View Post
    If I wasn't allotted 250GB of bandwidth per month from Comcast I'd feel like I just wasted time downloading and burning the DVD ISO image.
    I'm allotted unlimited bandwidth from AT&T, and I do feel I wasted my time burning a DVD. I no longer burn Ubuntu DVD's, since I have access to the internet, i.e. newer software.

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    Re: The difference between the CD and DVD versions of Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Frak View Post
    Same install, just more software available on the disc.
    Does the DVD have options where you can check off stuff like other distros?

    Check - Yes I'd like Samba installed.
    Check - Yes I'd like restricted extras installed.
    Check - Yes I'd like mp3 support enabled.
    Uncheck - Nah I don't need LAMP server services enabled by default.
    Apply
    Okay
    Install


    Also - Does the DVD come with more than one desktop environment? Be nice if *buntu came with XFCE, KDE, and Gnome all bundled into one install DVD.

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    Re: The difference between the CD and DVD versions of Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Roasted View Post
    Does the DVD have options where you can check off stuff like other distros?

    Check - Yes I'd like Samba installed.
    Check - Yes I'd like restricted extras installed.
    Check - Yes I'd like mp3 support enabled.
    Uncheck - Nah I don't need LAMP server services enabled by default.
    Apply
    Okay
    Install


    Also - Does the DVD come with more than one desktop environment? Be nice if *buntu came with XFCE, KDE, and Gnome all bundled into one install DVD.
    I don't think so. Everytime I've used it, it just acted as a normal Ubuntu install. There's probably other DE's on the disc, but it's not made readily apparent.

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    Re: The difference between the CD and DVD versions of Ubuntu

    Unlike Most distros the Ubuntu DVD offers absolutely no customisation to packages during the installation. It just contains all the software from the main repos so you don't need an internet connection each time you want to download them. The default installation is EXACTLY the same as if you was to install straight off the CD.

    Unless you have a slow connection or you're installing it on a whole lot of computers you're wasting time downloading the DVD.

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    Re: The difference between the CD and DVD versions of Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Techsnap View Post
    Unlike Most distros the Ubuntu DVD offers absolutely no customisation to packages during the installation. It just contains all the software from the main repos so you don't need an internet connection each time you want to download them. The default installation is EXACTLY the same as if you was to install straight off the CD.
    That sounds pretty jank. I like the idea of allowing the user to install optional packages. Like the software necessary for compiling source code. I downloaded the Ubuntu 9.10 CD from Bittorrent and seeded over 1:1. So at least in my case they wouldn't be paying any extra in bandwidth costs because if given the option I'd rather download the DVD and get more essential packages installed by default.
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