Lubuntu Image Size Poll

This poll has been completed. Thanks everyone! 🙂

This has been extended to 30 August 2016 at 19 UTC.

Technology is evolving, and so is Lubuntu. The applications that we used two years ago have grown in size, and will continue to do so. As well as the packages, storage devices have grown throughout the years. Currently, we try to make sure that our images fit on a Compact Disc (CD) which has a maximum capacity of 700 megabytes. Unfortunately, it is getting increasingly hard to fit our images on these devices. Instead of cutting down more applications from our images, we would like to see if we would be able to increase the size of our images to be able to fit more lightweight but useful applications onto Lubuntu.

Before we would make such a drastic decision, we need to get feedback from our users. After all, Lubuntu is made to be lightweight and is commonly used on older machines. Some of these older machines may not have the ability to use a DVD drive or to boot from a USB drive.

Fortunately, we have a few favorable options, and we would like to receive feedback from the users to determine our best route. Please give us feedback in the polls below, and share this with anybody you know who uses Lubuntu, so we can get the most accurate results. This poll closes on 26 30 August 2016 at 19 UTC.

For the first poll, if you weren’t aware, the minimal/netboot image is an image that fetches all of the applications and system programs from the Ubuntu archives instead of from the image. The current size of this image is about 55 megabytes, so it will easily fit on a CD. For more information about this image, see the page on the Ubuntu Community Help wiki for more details.

If Lubuntu's images were no longer CD sized, but the netboot/minimal image was still available, would this affect you?

  • No (79%, 1,123 Votes)
  • Yes (21%, 293 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,416

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If we kept the Lubuntu images CD sized for only some of our images, which images would you want to keep CD sized?

  • Lubuntu Desktop i386 (commonly referred to as 32-bit) (27%, 596 Votes)
  • Lubuntu Alternate i386 (commonly referred to as 32-bit) (19%, 414 Votes)
  • None of the above (if you select this, do NOT select any other options) (17%, 364 Votes)
  • Lubuntu Desktop amd64 (commonly referred to as 64-bit) (15%, 320 Votes)
  • Lubuntu Alternate amd64 (commonly referred to as 64-bit) (8%, 183 Votes)
  • Lubuntu Alternate PowerPC (7%, 157 Votes)
  • Lubuntu Desktop PowerPC (6%, 137 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,326

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How many machines that you administer would be affected by this change?

  • 1-5 (89%, 1,003 Votes)
  • 6-10 (5%, 54 Votes)
  • 16+ (5%, 51 Votes)
  • 11-15 (2%, 17 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,125

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If our images no longer target CDs, what size should we support?

  • It doesn't matter (28%, 377 Votes)
  • 2 GB USB drives (22%, 296 Votes)
  • 1 GB USB drives (21%, 281 Votes)
  • 4 GB USB drives (15%, 209 Votes)
  • 4.7 GB single-sided DVDs (14%, 191 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,354

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Do you have additional feedback concerning image sizes that you would like to give us? Write it below.

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