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    The title is rather ambiguous.

    Article is referring to ISO9660 images for a Linux distribution.

    The International Organization for Standardization is still going strong!

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      I hope ISO will also get retired in favor of a more open organization or made to stop charging for standards documents. ;)

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      I would think those older systems he seems to be poo-pooing are the very ones where Puppy would appear to have the most advantages.

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        PCs that couldn’t boot from USB are newer than you might think. The motherboard in my NAS couldn’t do it before I upgraded it a few months back. It was only discontinued a few years ago and a couple of places seem to still be selling small PCs with the board.

        I mostly use ISOs for configuring or recovering local VMs. It’s convenient to have an immutable format, so I no nothing I did last time I used it may have modified it. With a USB image, I’d probably end up having to copy it each time I used it, or just download it again. For initial deployment, I’m increasingly moving to tools that build an image for me, rather than doing the manual install (which was always a last resort).

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          Yeah, most of the time when I download an .iso, it’s almost certainly for a VM, and deploying a USB image in i.e. VMware is annoying over just picking a CD image.

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            With hybrid ISOs that can be used for booting from either a CD drive or a USB stick, I see no reasons to retire the format. It’s mostly as simple to build as a normal ISO, and it works for everyone.

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              Exactly, the cost is in building the tooling, and once you build the tooling, it’s effectively free.

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          ISO files are extremely useful when combined with multi-ISO USB-boot managers like Ventoy.

          You can install Ventoy on a USB drive and then load on its FAT partition all your ISOs. At boot-time an heavily-modified GRUB GUI will allow you to select the ISO you want. No need to wast a USB drive on a single ISO.

          I highly recommend Ventoy.

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            There’s one place where a few years ago ISOs were required and they may still be. HP’s iLO could only use ISOs for remote installation from virtual media. I haven’t used it in a while, so maybe they improved it. If not, it’s either the virtual CD or PXE boot if you want to install a server.

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              I think my servers have a previous major version (or two?) of iLO, but that only takes ISO images yes. I usually boot https://netboot.xyz then install from their livecd choices rather than load the ISOs directly. I guess I wouldn’t be able to boot puppy via netboot using the usb image though.

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                This has also been the case for most BMCs I know of that support virtual media. And while in most cases I prefer to use PXE to image machines, I do occasionally need to do a “completely fresh” install of Linux on some machine in a datacenter…

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                About a year ago, I received an email from a representative of a German Linux magazine. I think that magazine still ships printed magazines with a CD stuck on the front. Anyway, he wanted to review EasyOS and had some questions, and I replied, yeah, go for it.

                Germany really loves software on physical media relative to other countries, AFAIK.

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                  lack of broadband internet makes you value physical media…

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                  I was totally onboard with this article until the “Why so much opposition to dropping the ISO file?” section. That part is blatant ageism (there are many 80+ year olds who are interested in using the constantly changing technology so blaming an age group on opposition based on “a couple of them” is very disingenuous), and also shows a complete lack of understanding about why older technology can be (and often is) better than the “latest and greatest”. Having simple things that Just Work and will continue to work for 20+ years is a lot better than a “current” thing that over-complicates the problem and has a very limited life span (~18 months).

                  It’s just seems to me to be such an odd position for someone who appears to be responsible for a Linux distribution which is intended to be “Easy” and “Simple”.