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Which way of referring to Ubuntu bootable media (i.e. written from the .iso to a device) is best?

  • Live CD
    • The traditional (generally used), but users have asked whether a 'CD' is required.
  • Live USB
    • Newer (more modern and realistic), but also has a similar issue to above (asking if they can instead use a CD)
  • Live system
    • Should be fairly straightforward (referring to any 'Live' media), but is not as well known (or used)
  • Ubuntu bootable media
    • Should have next to no confusion in meaning, but newer users may not understand what it means
    • It's called a "bootable USB stick" in the official install instructions
  • Live Environment
    • Probably a better version of 'Live system'

Generally speaking, every case which includes a specific type of media (USB, CD, DVD), is going to have users querying about whether you can use a different media.


Tags exist for 'live-usb', 'live-cd', 'livedvd' and 'live-environment'.

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    I usually call them 'Live Media'.
    – jokerdino Mod
    Oct 14 '13 at 12:58
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    I normally use "Installation media" for any kind of... installation media :P
    – Braiam
    Oct 14 '13 at 14:37
  • I usually just say "LiveCD" myself..
    – Seth
    Oct 14 '13 at 15:52

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