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Re: Split Media - A use case



On 06/15/2009 12:24 PM, Michael Cronenworth wrote:
In fact, why are you wasting a DVD or CDs? That's not very green of you.
Give them a USB stick with the DVD install ISO loaded on it so it can be
reused for more useful things.

On a machine with only a CD drive, it's not unreasonable to assume either a BIOS that can't boot a USB stick or USB 1, which is likely slower than IDE CD.

One population I've been recommending for Fedora lately is folks with Apple PPC gear which has been abandoned by Apple. Devices like iBooks often came standard with CD-ROM.

If I'm helping someone with an install, it's usually at my office with a fast cable modem. Around here, though, more than half of the population is on dial-up. Even a LiveCD install isn't sufficient for many of them, though delta RPM's are a major advance for them, once they've installed the bulk of data.

Does Fedora want to exclude folks with old machines on dial-up? That would be a strategic decision with positive and negative implications.

I seed the Centos 5.3 CD's because I use them quite a bit on older servers and see that set as one of my highest bandwidth users. The mindset seemed to be for a while, for servers, "it's not a multimedia machine, it doesn't need DVD". That's the height of narrow foresight, but seemingly common in mid-sized companies' data centers. And getting a replacement DVD for their stupid proprietary slim CD slot is somewhere between ludicrously expensive and impossible. But they usually have USB2. I could probably count a dozen machines I've installed from my own CD set.

Really, though, if I can compose a CD set from a repo or DVD, and it's ridiculously easy, I don't care if it's on the mirrors. Does jigdo make it that easy? I haven't tried yet.

Does smolt report data on optical drives in machines?

-Bill

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