Re: New release over due
George Bonser wrote:
> On Mon, 15 Nov 1999, Matthew Dalton wrote:
> > The problem is not that Debian itself is out of date. The problem is
> > that you can't get an upgraded Debian on CD. Not everyone wants to
> > download hundreds of megabytes over their 33.6kbps connection to upgrade
> > their systems to the latest stuff.
> So ... you are saying that there is a market niche for someone to produce
> snapshots on an as-requested or subscription basis like I-Connect.net in
> Oregon used to do ... oh, about three years ago.
Sure, if you like. If there is someone out there that does it, then they
aren't reaching their target customers because nobody seems to know of
any such service (at least, I haven't seen one mentioned on this list,
but then I dont read every single message because there's too many).
> I am in between changing DSL vendors and have been using a dialup
> connection until the new vendor hooks up later this week and I feel your
> pain. Tonites updates to a system that was last updated about 4 days ago
> were reporting a 3 hour download time.
It isn't my pain - I don't maintain a potato system. Why not? Because I
only have a dial up link and the phone line isn't mine (and sometimes my
sister just *has to* use the phone at 2am :/ ). I use Debian on my
laptop, because its an old laptop and fully supported even with Slink. I
run RH on my desktop though (but will change over when potato is
Debian is the best distribution by a long way. But in its current state
you can't keep it up to date without a cable modem (and they're bloody
expensive here in Australia - 100Mb free, then 19c per Mb. Ouch! C'mon
Telstra, give us a break...).
> Maybe the answer is a friendlier method of selecting which packages to
> download like dselect has rather than trying to use apt-get.
> Using the ftp method of dselect, you have the option of choosing which
> files to download. This might save you some time.
You could use dselect's apt-get method to choose the packages you want