Why is Linux getting larger and larger?

slycat

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A good one that is still free....downloadable 1 CD?
It seems most of them are more than 1 CD except no name ones.
Any ideas? thanks.
 

rahvin

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Originally posted by: slycat
A good one that is still free....downloadable 1 CD?
It seems most of them are more than 1 CD except no name ones.
Any ideas? thanks.

Because everyone needs 6 different versions of vi! ;)
 

drag

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The prefered way is going to be net install soon. Bittorrent was created to move linux install cdroms around, but it's quickly becomming pointless.

For instance Debian I do a net install, and once your finished then your OS remembers your settings and it makes installing and upgrading over the internet a peice of cake.

Also keep in mind that when you install Windows you install only the core OS stuff. Kernel, drivers, some library files, some simple editing apps and such.

Full linux install can include, the core os + 2-3 full office productivity suites, several window managers, gnome and kde desktop enviroments, full developement tools + couple IDEs, multiple kernels, many small games, media players, numerious networking services, media editing tools, and then numerious shells and stuff like that. And then not only that, but also the source code for all those apps.

Then the amount of icons and images, backgrounds, and audio files for eye/ear candy have increased.

Hell if you take Debian unstable you probably have nearly 11 cdroms full of software in compressed form nowadays.
 

timswim78

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If more distro's release DVD ISO's, it would make things much easier for many people.
 

drag

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DVD's are big and most people have cdrom burners, most people don't have dvd burners (yet).

Net installs are better anyways, you download a mimimalist boot cdrom and just download the packages your going to use instead of the whole thing. Plus then it's easy to keep up to date and patched.

apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
if your using apt-get
yum update
if your using yum.

It's easier then even going up and using your browser to have a internet server scan your computer for installed packages....
 

Barnaby W. Füi

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Linux has been this way for years. It's nothing new.

It's getting larger and larger because ... well, no offense, but duh. Time. More people getting involved, more things being developed, more work being done on projects, etc.