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Re: Question for the boot floppies team.

On Wed, 2 Aug 2000, Jon Pennington wrote:

> On Wed, Aug 02, 2000 at 12:55:52PM +0200, Santiago Vila wrote:
> > Does it really make sense to ship disk images for 5 1/4in floppies?
> > Whoever takes them from CD has certainly a CD reader...
> > Would not be enough to leave them on ftp.debian.org?
> One having a CD-ROM and being able to boot from said CD-ROM are two
> different things.


>  I have a friend who doesn't have a 3.5" disk because
> he didn't want to spend the $15US on it when he built his PC; he used an
> old 5.25" floppy instead.  I'm not saying that his logic makes sense,
> I'm just saying that some people like it that way...

Well, if you have a CD-ROM and you can't boot from it, then you only
need the boot disks. Everything else may be read directly from the
CD-ROM. At least the disks for the base system take a lot of space
and could be removed.

> > The reason I ask about this is that CD #1 now has only 900 packages, which
> > is a pity (in slink, CD #1 had 1100 popular packages). I don't think 5 1/4 in
> > floppies are popular enough to be on the first CD.
> I don't understand; you just said that CD1 doesn't have enough packages
> to suit you, and you're saying that even /more/ Mylar should be wasted
> by removing packages that don't seem to fit on any /other/ disk, either?

I mean that the principle of popularity should be applied to boot
floppies as well as packages, so that the contents of CD #1 is most
useful to most people.

I think there are packages in CD #2 which are way more popular than
the 5 1/4 boot floppies, so it would make sense to move the 5 1/4
floppies to CD #2 or CD #3.

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