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Are we better off disconnecting from internet during new installation?

  Date: Dec 03    Category: Unix / Linux / Ubuntu    Views: 275

I'm doing a fresh install of Kubuntu 10.04 and I notice the amount of
downloading that is being done during the install, doubling or tripling the
installation time. Would we get a successful installation if the computer is not
connected to the Internet during installation?

Could all that downloaded stuff not come with the updates after the install,
especially the language packs!! What would be the ramifications of disconnecting
my internet during installation?



6 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered On: Dec 03    

not sure how this changes with 10.04, but in my experince with 8.04- you
will only give yourself a bit of work to do after installation if you are
not connected to the internet. You will have figure out how to manually set
up your /etc/network/interfaces file before you can ever connect to the
internet again and also manually add the default repositories and such to
your sources.list. network manager also may behave oddly.

Answer #2    Answered On: Dec 03    

I don't want extra work, I'd prefer the downloads!

Answer #3    Answered On: Dec 03    

I am running Kubuntu and there was zero downloading during the installation.
Everything is on the installation CD. It does not need an internet
connection until you re-boot and it checks for undates. BTW, the
installation was no longer than an Ubuntu installation. Are you installing
from the alternate CD? That could make a difference.

Answer #4    Answered On: Dec 03    

No alternate. Using the standard i386 32bits CD installation. During the
install, it seems to have two sessions of downloading. I don't remember the
message during the first part, but the second set of downloads had to do with
language packs. I do select USA-Alternative-International when setting up my
keyboard since I'm in Canada/Quebec and need accents (ex: é è ë) when typing in
French. Could that be why the install fetches language packs?

Anyway, the install went well and only Firefox seemed a bit finicky about adding
too many Add-ons at the same time. And I had to let Amarok flag me and download
the restricted stuff since Kpackagekit still passes through but does nothing
when I tried to download the Kubuntu-restricted package.

Answer #5    Answered On: Dec 03    

That could be the case as I have truthfully never downloaded language packs
as my language is Canadian English with a US keyboard. I would not think
that they could be that large, but as I say I have no experience. Learn
something new everyday!

Answer #6    Answered On: Dec 03    

I'm in Canada also, and use the standard US keyboard. When I clicked on
"update the installer" it spent several minutes downloading many things, one
of which was language packs. I didn't pay much attention to the rest but the
installation went smoothly.