Why_So_Many_ISOs

Important Note

Without our Testers, we would not be able to release ISOs for Lubuntu. The Lubuntu Developers would eventually stop development on these many variations on our flavour and just do the 'standard' ones that they know will get tested and passed. The statement from Canonical, which also applies to our Lubuntu Developers is that as long as they see testers testing, they will continue to develop on all the ISOs we have. Everyone needs to understand that a new release is not 'magic out of the air', it takes a lot of work from the developers to provide these variations and lot of work from the testing teams. Our Lubuntu Developers and Canonical need to see that people are testing to ensure we maintain the largest options of installing Lubuntu.

Why So Many ISOs?

We do get asked why we have so many variants of Ubuntu and why the lubuntu-qa team are always asking for volunteers. To best answer that, this page describes what these ISOs are for, and why they are important. Lubuntu is committed to keeping ISOs at CD size, as the older machines do not have a DVD drive nor can they boot from a USB drive.

All the ISOs are held at iso/qa, following down to, say, Raring Daily you will see that most flavours have only a couple of ISOs to be tested, yet we have a lot.

Alternate and Desktop

When the 13.04 cycle began, almost every flavour decided to use the new 'blended' ubiquity installer. Lubuntu chose not to.

  • Why? Because ubiquity requires more RAM
  • Will it be supported? Alternate install is required for ubuntu-server. As long as they use it, it will be supported.

AMD64

Choose this to take full advantage of computers based on the AMD64 or EM64T architecture (e.g., Athlon64, Opteron, EM64T Xeon, Core 2)

AMD64+Mac

This version is fine tuned owing to the MAC system being unable to cope with hybrid BIOS/(U)EFI images. Further information can be found at more information.

i386

For almost all PCs. This includes most machines with Intel/AMD/etc type processors and almost all computers that run Microsoft Windows, as well as newer Apple Macintosh systems based on Intel processors. Choose this if you are at all unsure and do NOT have a Mac that runs either PPC, or needs the +Mac option.

PPC

This is for the Macs that have G3, G4 and G5 chips in them. PPC has a different processor set of instructions to those used on Intel / AMD. If you have a PPC machine, please head here.

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