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Re: multiarch Netinstall CD

Hi all,

On Saturday, 23 Jul 2005, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
> Martin-Eric Racine <q-funk@iki.fi> writes:
> > Greetings,
> >
> > Upon seeing the excellent work done for the LinuxTag 2005 DVD,
> > featuring Sarge CD #1 for amd64/i386/powerpc in a single DVD, I got
> > the idea that a perhaps even more desirable product would be a smaller
> > 650mb CD based on the Netinst image for as many architectures as can
> > be made to cohabit on the same installation media.
would be a nice idea.

> > This CD would be based upon the Sarge release, but with a more recent
> > d-i
> > that includes support for Rescue CD operation.
> >
> > Such a CD would definitely be a tremendous hit as a handout at trade
> > shows and installfests, and for administrators as a
> > one-size-fits-nearly-all Debian installation and rescue media.
> >
> > According to Joerg Jaspert, the LinuxTag 2005 DVD was made using the
> > standard debian-cd tool, but with a custom CD building template to
> > succeed in fitting those 3 architectures into the same ISO image.
> >
> > My questions are:
> >
> > 1) What other architectures could be made to co-exist on the same media?

Joerg already tried to combine i386/ppc/amd64/hppa and

the later one always made the medium unbootable.

> > 2) Would anyone be interested in helping to produce such a multiarch
> > CD based on the Sarge Netinstall images? The idea is to make a
> > debian-cd template, then submit it as a patch to the debian-cd package.
> >
> > Comments and volunteers to put together such a project are welcome.
> >
> > Best Regards,
> The LT 2005 DVD was made by building 3 images of ~2Gb size (one per
> arch) and then merging them back into one image in a second
> round. That is very ugly for one thing and the size needs to be
> experimented with a lot to make it fit.
> There are plans and ideas for debian-cd being thought through to make
> debian-cd itself more flexible and capable of doing multiarch but that
> will be a longer process and help is certainly welcome.
> One thing everyone can help out now already, without waiting for the
> full debian-cd redesign to start, is testing what architectures can
> coexist on the same image. I386 and amd64 both use the same isolinux
> so they can always go together. We know isolinux and yaboot can
> coexist. Beyond that not much is documented I think.
> So if you have two (or more) architectures around read the
> tools/boot/ scripts for those archs and try merging two D-I CDs
> (mini.iso is enough) together manually. If you know the internas of
> the boot process well enough to already know what archs can share a CD
> thats even better.

Would be a nice task, as we would know then, which Arches are

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