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Re: Fedora 7 - USB Install method - Everything ISO.



On Tue, 2007-01-16 at 09:42 -0700, Lamont Peterson wrote:
> 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[1].  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.).

We support having the ISO being accessed over NFS.  And you can loopback
mount for HTTP/FTP.  In the interest of our mirrors not hunting me down
and killing me, I'd prefer to have as few different copies of the "same"
bits as possible :-)

Jeremy


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