On Tuesday 16 January 2007 08:36am, Jeremy Katz wrote: > On Mon, 2007-01-15 at 23:24 -0500, Bill Nottingham wrote: > > Naoki (naoki valuecommerce com) said: > > > DVDs are a pain, they are cumbersome and too small to fit a full OS > > > > ... then perhaps that the OS is so big is the problem. :) > > > > More seriously... > > > > > So would it not make sense to have an "everything" ISO for use on > > > removable USB devices? > > > > *Shrug*. Wouldn't really make sense for it to be an ISO, from a > > raw FS standpoint. You could have a torrent that just makes > > a directory, even. > > ISOs are convenient from a distribution standpoint just to ensure that > things were downloaded correctly. I can see how spending some time > to make the "install from a USB device" a little bit easier could > definitely have advantages. Agree. But perhaps it's not an ISO, but just a "usb-disk.cpio" that's 8GB+ (whatever) in size. That could be downloaded and extracted to wherever, be it a USB disk or a file server (NFS, etc.). > At the same time, I don't think that the > areas for which DVDs are a problem will be better off with large USB > storage devices. Agreed. For those environments, network installs typically make much more sense. Even on my home systems, I do network installs when I can because it's typically faster and easier than swapping CDs or burning DVDs. However, to set up a network installation with all available packages, I would probably just continue to create my own mirror of the released packages and of the updates repo. But I agree that having a single file to download for initial setup of such file servers would be advantageous. It could also be the "roll-your-own-fedora-spin-kit" with all fedora packages + the spin tools (to build DVD and CD ISOs). > Jeremy > >  Also, for ensuring that people don't delete things because "I don't > need that" then leading to install problems. Not that such a thing ever > happened with hd tree installs :-) Yup. -- Lamont Peterson <lamont gurulabs com> Senior Instructor Guru Labs, L.C. [ http://www.GuruLabs.com/ ] NOTE: All messages from this email address should be digitally signed with my 0xDC0DD409 GPG key. It is available on the pgp.mit.edu keyserver as well as other keyservers that sync with MIT's.
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