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Old 05-31-2010, 02:10 AM   #1
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linux ubuntu 10.04 server and desktop


when i do install ubuntu 10.04 server or desktop it start downloading files from internet however i provide iso and cd for this

but still it goes on internet i provide internet gateway and withoutasking us anything it go and downloading due to this we dont know 100% time of installation, how many things it need to download over pc from internet..

any idea on this any comments? why it do this far in other os or linux i never saw this feature by default available

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It usually downloads any updates that might be available, language packs and also updates the apt sources. While language packs are optional, you update apt after install anyways and update the machine. So it should not be irritating that it is automating the process.
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Almost any distro I know connects to the internet to get the latest updates of software that's installed. Even if you're performing a 'fresh' install from a recently downloaded iso, there might be packages that are already in need of an update, be it for security update, bug fix or whatever.

Most of the distros leave that control to the user but in Ubuntu and other *buntus the system takes care of that automatically. I'm sure there is a way to turn the automatic updating off but don't know where it's configured (I'm not a frequent *buntu user).

The feature is by default available on all installations of Linux distros that I came across, albeit with the difference that some of them connect and update (semi)-automatically and other are launched manually by the admin. I have Debian servers running and none of them connect by default (that is after installation is completed from netinstall). They all wait for my command to update / upgrade. Same goes for Slackware on my home laptop.

Hope this helps out a bit.

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