ISO images of Ubuntu and other distros will exceed 2GB

Increased ISO sizeLast week my brother attended an event and he brought me a 2GB USB that was part of the marketing. At first I thought "And what do I want this for?", But soon I realized that it is the perfect size to create Live USB with which I test the news that includes the latest versions of an operating system or create some tutorials . When I haven't used it twice yet, Ubuntu developer Steve Langasek has increased the limit of images from the desktop version from Ubuntu to 2GB.

The downside for me to keep using my brother's little gift is that, even if it's 2GB, the most it can store is 1.91GB, so if I'm lucky, it'll be right on the limit. And this will not only happen to me with the standard version of Ubuntu, but also other flavors Ubuntu, like the Ubuntu MATE or Kubuntu that I like so much, will also increase their limit to 2GB.

2GB is the new weight limit for Ubuntu ISO images

Langasek has increased this limit to 2GB so that they can host current images, which are oversized, and so that there is still space available in case it is necessary for a future increase in the weight of the operating system. Ubuntu GNOME, Kubuntu and Ubuntu MATE have been three of the distributions that have requested that the maximum size of ISO images be increased to 2GB. On the other hand, Ubuntu Studio wants the maximum size for its ISO image to be increased to 4GB, something understandable considering that it includes many audiovisual editing programs.

At first, increasing the minimum size of ISO images may seem a negative if we think that they are going to include more software, which is known as bloatware, but it can also be a positive because it can include compatibility with more hardware. What do you think?


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  1.   Kore said

    Well, as always in the free world, what is appreciated is that they provide options. One of the things I like the most about distros like Debian is the ability to download a very small and affordable NetInstall version to "fiddling" sticks, doing the bulk of the installation over the Internet. This, added to the fact that after the passage of months there is a level of very large updates that imply updating after installing and the capacity of the communication lines today makes it appreciated in many cases. The existence of ever larger ISOS is only justified in this case for offline installations.

  2.   Ugo Yak said

    It would be interesting if they have "core" versions as Xubuntu did. This version brings the minimum applications installed, but the fully functional desktop "Out of the box", that way you have your Xubuntu clean and configured and you install what you need 😉