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    i386 iso too big for CD

    The 12.04.3 file size is listed at 706Mb, but when downloaded it becomes 741Mb, which will not fit on a CD. What is going on here?
    Last edited by Cal_Skeptic; August 31st, 2013 at 03:49 PM.

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    Re: i386 iso too big for CD

    http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/09/i...livecd-is-dead

    They just have too much to include for a full featured system. Since DVD are lower in cost and now most users use flash drives it is less of an issue. And a flash drive is reusable and faster to install from.

    I now install directly from one hard drive to another by using grub2's loopmount feature so I do not use any external device normally.
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    Re: i386 iso too big for CD

    try using a memory stick

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    Re: i386 iso too big for CD

    I do not understand how a 706MB image can be burned to a disk that is limited to 700MB capacity anyway.

    Warning: This image is oversized (which is a bug) and will not fit onto a standard 703MiB CD. However, you may still test it using a DVD, a USB drive, or a virtual machine.
    It is there on the download page

    http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/precise/da...ve/20130830.1/

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    Re: i386 iso too big for CD

    Quote Originally Posted by Cal_Skeptic View Post
    it becomes 741Mb
    It doesn't. 1MiB = 1048576 bytes. 741,000,000 bytes / 1048576 = ~706.7 MiB.

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    Re: i386 iso too big for CD

    Download the mini iso (<30M) and just add ubuntu-desktop to it

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...tion/MinimalCD

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    Re: i386 iso too big for CD

    Thanks for the input, guys. I guess if a computer is so old it will neither boot from a flash drive nor read a DVD, I'll just have to tell the owner to get a new one.

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    Re: i386 iso too big for CD

    If the computer is so old, you probably don't need a newer kernel for better hardware support. So try Xubuntu 12.04.1, or, in case you need Ubuntu, go with Ubuntu 12.04.1.
    Both have the 3.2 LTS kernel, and fit on a CD very nicely.
    Last edited by mikewhatever; August 31st, 2013 at 07:38 PM.

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    Re: i386 iso too big for CD

    I think Xubuntu 12.04 LTS or Precise Gnome Classic Tweaks are good candidates for that computer.

    An alternative, if there is USB, but it won't boot from it, is to boot from a Plop boot manager. The Plop can be on floppy, CD, or hard disk, and can install drivers, so that it will be possible to continue booting from USB.

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    Re: i386 iso too big for CD

    Quote Originally Posted by Cal_Skeptic View Post
    Thanks for the input, guys. I guess if a computer is so old it will neither boot from a flash drive nor read a DVD, I'll just have to tell the owner to get a new one.
    What's the hardware specs of the "old" computer?

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