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Just wondering about the ISO

Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 6:36 pm
by thom_A
Is the ISO downloaded today exactly similar to the one downloaded on the date of the release? Or is it ever updated?

Re: Just wondering about the ISO

Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 7:35 pm
by Pjotr
thom_A wrote:Is the ISO downloaded today exactly similar to the one downloaded on the date of the release?
Yes.
Or is it ever updated?
No.

There have been exceptions, but those were... well... exceptions.

Re: Just wondering about the ISO

Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2015 9:21 am
by Rocky Bennett
That actually depends. What ISO did you download?

Re: Just wondering about the ISO

Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2015 11:16 am
by Pjotr
Rocky Bennett wrote:That actually depends.
As a rule, it does not depend at all.... :)

The final iso is stabilized and tested to work well on as many machines as possible. The developers generally don't want to jeopardize the stability of that tested and stabilized iso, by updating parts of it.

That's also the reason why there are nearly always updates after installing a final iso, even when you've downloaded and installed that iso on its very release date. It was finalized weeks before release, in order to have enough time for stability tests.

Re: Just wondering about the ISO

Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2015 1:06 pm
by Rocky Bennett
You're obviously correct, the exact ISO for the exact build does not change but with Linux builds changing so quickly, there are always new ISOs of the same flavor, just a different build number. So in that perspective, yes ISOs change for the different flavors, but they are always the same for the different builds, but every couple of months there is a different build, hence a different ISO.

Re: Just wondering about the ISO

Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2015 4:08 pm
by Cosmo.
"Every couple of months" is in case of Mint more or less exactly 6 months, when a new version gets released. And every new version has its own version number,

In my understanding the OP wanted to know, if the ISO is the same for a given version, regardless if he does the download immediately after release or one or more years later. And the only right answer is: Yes. BTW: If this would not be the case, the published MD5 sum would not match after some time or would have needed to get changed (and would in this case not match with older downloads).

There was only one exception because of a special problem: LM 17 got after a short time (few weeks) a new ISO, but also in this case it was marked with V2, so clearly distinguishable from the previous release.

Re: Just wondering about the ISO

Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2015 4:42 pm
by Rocky Bennett
Of course you are absolutely correct, I just wanted to point out that there are differences. I come from the land of Windows, and even though Windows 10 has only been out a few months the ISO has changed 3 times. I collect ISOs, so I know all kinds of arcane stuff about ISOs.

Re: Just wondering about the ISO

Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2015 4:46 pm
by Cosmo.
If nothing else is mentioned we speak about Mint and the questioner asks about Mint. Anything else is confusing.