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Re: Do we need split media CDs for F12?



On Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 2:15 PM, Kevin Kofler<kevin kofler chello at> wrote:
> I wrote:
> So let me summarize what's going on:
> * People are wondering whether it still makes sense to ship split CDs in a
> DVD era, also considering the other options which are still available for
> people with only a CD drive (live CDs, which are the recommended install
> method these days, at least if you believe the download page, and
> netinstalls).

I'll go one further. I'll say that even DVDs are legacy at this point
and the main focus for the project needs to be bootable ssd
targets..which have no pre-defined size...given me the ability to
assemble a literal keychain full of 512 M flash keychain drives that I
can then turn into a set of installable media for each Fedora
release..or convert it back to CDs or DVDs.

Yes, that is most definitely crazy talk. But I'm not sure the split
media issue goes away by dropping split CDs specifically. I don't know
if Seth was making a joke about the need for split-DVD or not, but I
don't think the DVD size target is the end-all be-all of media
targets.

I do think we are quickly approaching a time when a flash or ssd
target is going to appear more reasonable for a whole new range of
consumer devices that don't include a mechanical spinning drive of any
kind. 4 or 8 gig flash drives aren't horribly expensive but that arent
dvd-r cheap either. Splitting an install package set across 2 or more
smaller flash drives maybe a desired and cost effective option sooner
rather than later. I just don't think you can get away from the
complexity of split-media long term no matter what the dominate media
actually is.

-jef


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