Bug#406131: Document how to do partial updates for users tight on space?
Thank you for regarding this increasingly important issue:
While desktop installations are greedy with space and dependencies,
the area of netbooks (xo, eepc etc.) is getting a more and more important
field for Debian users.
In the long run, these devices with tight disk space should be worth a new
upgrade technology (beyond documenting a workaround to match unappropriate
resources). Remember Debian mirrors to meet slow bandwiths? Now we have to
meet tight flash disks.
My ideas aim at two targets:
1. apt-get intelligence: algorithms might find a step-wise "route" to the
desired installation state by dividing upgrading into minimal "onion" layers
2. installing deb packages directly from a Debian mirror using sftp-mount.
Instead of downloading deb packages they would directly install from the
What do you think?