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I'm getting a notebook (hp dm1z) in about 2 weeks, with no optical drive, and I've always installed from DVDs to save myself the time of downloading all my extra packages, etc.

So, I'd like to know what people prefer to do when installing from USB. Do you just use a live image and install from that, or have you done the full installation image method?

I have an 8gig thumb drive, so space isn't an issue, and I'd prefer the full image so I only have to install my dev packages, and all the extras in grub, rather than install 800MB in addition to my dev and extra packages.
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I normally use the full iso to install via USB, that goes for each OS I use, Mac OS X, Win, and Linux.
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I've always just done the live one with a USB stick. Takes a bit longer to do stuff before you install but that is understandable and my computer is slow.


Might as well just do the live.iso.
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Actually I have a faster install time with Ubuntu USB installation. Go without problems mate, the installation is the same via CD or USB.
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Originally Posted by esocid View Post
I'm getting a notebook (hp dm1z) in about 2 weeks, with no optical drive, and I've always installed from DVDs to save myself the time of downloading all my extra packages, etc.

So, I'd like to know what people prefer to do when installing from USB. Do you just use a live image and install from that, or have you done the full installation image method?

I have an 8gig thumb drive, so space isn't an issue, and I'd prefer the full image so I only have to install my dev packages, and all the extras in grub, rather than install 800MB in addition to my dev and extra packages.
Not sure exactly what the difference is but I usually go for the minimal netinstall image. You save time not needing to run updates later.
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i've been using usb installs for quite some time, i couldn't imagine going back to install from a cd or dvd.

as for which install iso i use, depends on the distro, if it is ubuntu, i just use the standard iso, if it is fedora, i use the full dvd, if it is slackware, i use a network install where i've downloaded the slackware-current packages before hand.
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I too prefer the network install whenever possible; saves one update cycle.
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I too prefer the network install whenever possible; saves one update cycle.
This. I've done net install ever since I found it was possible. It's quick to download and ends up about the same amount of time. Now if you end up having to re-install and re-install that's a different story. However, I find net installs work best for me.
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