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Re: Removing the number of supported installation methods



On Wed, 2010-05-12 at 09:06 -0700, Jesse Keating wrote:
> Methods to get packages:
> 1) Media 
> 2) Split Media
> 3) HD Iso
> 4) Http
> 5) ftp
> 6) NFS
> 7) NFS Iso
> 
> Methods to boot:
> 1) boot.iso
> 2) Media
> 3) Split Media
> 4) vmlinux+initrd via pxe
> 5) vmlinux+initrd via grub
> 6) vmlinux+initrd va <insert boot loader here>

Oops I need to make this a three section list.

Methods to get vmlinux+initrd:
1) via pxe
2) via grub
3) via usb
4) via <bootloader here>
5) via media
6) via split media

Methods to get stage2:
1) media
2) split media
3) usb
4) http
5) ftp
6) nfs
7) nfs loop back mounted iso
8) hd

Methods to get packages:
1) Media 
2) Split Media
3) HD Iso
4) Http
5) ftp
6) NFS
7) NFS Iso
8) NFS loopback mounted iso

Now make your combinations.  If my math is right, that's 6*8*8, or 384
different ways to start and complete your install.  Now spread that
across the arches (for Fedora that's 2), now we have 768.  Then if you
care about the things which we can install /to/ and whether or not they
effect behavior and the number grows yet again.  Further growth for dhcp
vs static IP, early network bring up vs late network bring up, so on and
so forth.

> 
> Then take all of the methods of booting, and combine them with the
> methods of installing, and you've got a ton of different
> combinations. 
-- 
Jesse Keating
Fedora -- FreedomĀ² is a feature!
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