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    Canonical's decision not to supply Ubuntu on DVD anymore

    Over the last 6 years I have worked as a VSA (Volunteer Services Abroad) volunteer from New Zealand in developing countries, helping with setting up small networks and tutoring people on the use of software.
    I have recently installed Ubuntu & LibreOffice in Tonga for the ministry of tourism and New Ireland (PNG) for the Community Development division of the Provincial Administration.
    In both cases I have installed small LANs with a Ubuntu Server (12.04) and approximately 70 desktop & laptop PC running Ubuntu 11.10.
    I have been able to do this as I could "purchase" the systems on DVD and install the OS on all machines from DVDS.
    The reason to use DVDs is the lack of internet connections. Oh we do have one, but to download Ubuntu 13.04 will take approximately 4 DAYS!. That is if the ISP stays operational for that time and if the PNG power company manage to generate power for longer that a few hours.
    The situation was or is the same in Tonga.
    Now I am a great advocate of Open source software, especially in developing countries that do not have access to computer shops or internet.
    The Community Development had 4 desktop PCs and several laptops, with a variety of unlicensed Microsoft OSs (XP, Vista, Windows 7). They were running variations of Microsoft Office (2003, 2007 & 2010). There was not a central server.
    My task was to install a server and LAN, plus design a database for the division to maintain a complex pension scheme.

    How am I to "update" the systems?

    Bring back the DVDs

    Don't forget more than half the worlds population does NOT have internet access!

    Tony Bray

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    Re: Canonical's decision not to supply Ubuntu on DVD anymore

    One option, which might not fit here because it still requires some connectivity, would be to set up a local mirror repository. The local machines on the same LAN could then point to that repository instead of Ubuntu's. That might work if you can have it try to update at night and on weekends when no one is around but the net is still available. You can do that with rsync, which will minimize the downloads. But there is still the issue of initial population of the repository.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Rsyncmirror

    It would take a little extra setup to make it recover from power failures, but it can be done.

    There is also APT-on-CD which is a smaller solution:

    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/APTonCD

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    Re: Canonical's decision not to supply Ubuntu on DVD anymore

    You can still buy Ubuntu on DVD or even on USB. It's just that Canonical only sells 12.04. If you want a later version, try eBay.
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    Re: Canonical's decision not to supply Ubuntu on DVD anymore

    You could get the entire software repository on dvd.

    http://www.osdisc.com/products/linux...sitory-pc.html

    But wouldn't you be better off with 12.04 and five years of support?

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    Re: Canonical's decision not to supply Ubuntu on DVD anymore

    Quote Originally Posted by ibjsb4 View Post
    But wouldn't you be better off with 12.04 and five years of support?
    i don't think connecting to internet in search of repositories is the issue here... very slow internet, power supply problematic...

    though probably 12.04 desktop is more polished than 11.10.

    Quote Originally Posted by tonybsa View Post
    Don't forget more than half the worlds population does NOT have internet access!
    so, they went from CD dispenser maschines in rural africa countryside, to shipping for free, to not shipping at all. Ubuntu? no not really.

    not all is lost though. there are some places/shops selling the DVD. there are also other Ubuntu based distros that sell DVDs (e.g. Linux mint: http://www.linuxmint.com/store.php). finally you could have someone download it on a USB stick for you and send it to you.


    curious though why you went with Ubutnu and not with Kubuntu desktop. surely it would have been more familiar to Windows users. oh well...

    i think another issue in these countries is if they do have internet that it is slow (especially on these islands) and then the updates are quite big for those connecitons. i don't think Debian stable updates are as big. maybe that's why Debian got on ISS debian's updates also don't mess up the sound, GPU and mouse drivers or time as they did in my case. standard is dropping...
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    Re: Canonical's decision not to supply Ubuntu on DVD anymore

    Ah, I see your problem. No one sells blank re-writeable DVD disks! Computers only have DVD reader drives that cannot copy a DVD.

    http://www.webupd8.org/2011/03/ubunt...pgrade-to.html

    I expect that the provincial administration is spending all its money on sea defences due to rising sea levels caused by Global warming. I bet that there are those in the provincial administration with broadband Internet connection.

    At least with Ubuntu they will not be using pirated software. And we can set update notification to Never. With such a problematic Internet connection risk of malware infection would be reduced due to the malware not being fully downloaded by the time the mains power goes off.
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    Re: Canonical's decision not to supply Ubuntu on DVD anymore

    DVD's are still available to Loco Teams, so that may be the way to get the disks, usually you have to pay the shipping, but otherwise the disks themselves are free.

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    Re: Canonical's decision not to supply Ubuntu on DVD anymore

    Um buy a dvd from another source? 5 bucks or so is dirt cheap for installing on a crap load of pcs like you. http://www.osdisc.com/products/linux/ubuntu
    Whoever came up with the phrase "There is no such thing as a stupid question" obviously never had the internet.

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    Re: Canonical's decision not to supply Ubuntu on DVD anymore

    I had almost forgotten about the CDs from shipit.com, gave Ubuntu a decent legup in the old days
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    Re: Canonical's decision not to supply Ubuntu on DVD anymore

    Properly if people didn't shipit ridicules amount of CDs/DVDs when they only needed 1 or a couple to give away or started donating in the past. We won't have this problem.
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