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UserLinux Beta 1: The Precursor to the Next Enterprise Linux Distro? - page 2

Setting The Enterprise Stage

  • October 14, 2004
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

As of the writing of this review, there are only two principal ways to obtain UserLinux. Either download a Net install ISO version that's only 4.5 MB or get the LiveCD version that's a 'few' mb more (456 MB, actually).

Unfortunately there isn't a full ISO (or ISOs) or even a Torrent download for a full install (only for the installer); the Net-based installer is the only way for now. Which, depending on how you look at it, may or may not be a bad thing. From my point of view as a person that downloads, installs, and then re-installs multiple distributions at different points in time, it's a bit of pain in comparison to just having a few burned CDs ready to go (and then of course pulling the updates that are needed, which is a bit different than pulling a full distribution every time).

As far as I can tell, the reason for a Net-based installer for UserLinux at this point in time is likely because on the simple fact that UserLinux has no package repositories of its own. Essentially it relies on Debian mirrors to provide the necessary packages to put together the UserLinux distribution.

This is a great strength in that UserLinux can leverage the tremendous breadth of Debian packages and rely on the existing community of mirrors for updates. The drawback, though, is that those mirrors are all using FTP (or HTTP) file transfers, not some form of distributed P2P like BitTorrent (which for multi-GB download is almost always faster) and in my opinion leaves you at the mercy of the mirror(s) you choose for speedy downloads (or not).

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