With VirtualBox running very effectively on all of my computers, I decided to start looking into some alternative linux distributions. I am, admittedly, a SuSE fanboy. It was the first Linux distro I ever tried, and, excepting my limited usage of hosted servers running on other platforms, and attempting to use Sun Solaris 10, it’s the only *nix distro I’ve ever tried. I was so impressed with it from the start that I never looked back.
However, now that I’ve begun to look into other distros, I’ve found something that’s severely lacking, so far. It seems that SuSE is one of only a very small few that release full packages anymore. Everyone else seems to have one or two choices for installation media – a live disc or a minimal installation CD.
Why doesn’t anyone else offer full-package DVDs for use as installation media? I must admit that I was a little shocked to see that Novell decided to forego the multi-CD installation media when they released SuSE 11.0, but I wasn’t really disappointed. It just meant that, instead of burning five CDs at work, I had to download the DVD iso onto my external hard drive, then take it home and burn it onto a DVD from there (I don’t have a DVD burner at work). Of course, since I am using it at work, I then had to carry the drive and the DVD back to work.
In case you’re curious, my Internet connection limits the amount of information I can download during a 30-day cycle. Therefore, I really would prefer to download a complete DVD to install a Linux distribution rather than using a live disc and installing from the Internet.
So far, the only other distro I’ve found that appears to offer a DVD installer is Fedora. I checked the sites for Gentoo, Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Solaris. None of them offer DVD installation media from their Web sites.
Now, maybe I’m an idiot for assuming this, but I’m guessing that that means the installation media only includes the bare minimum packages needed to run the distro, and doesn’t include very many extras.
For those of you that are familiar with other Linux distros, please let me know if I am wrong.