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Re: Proposal for integration of the graphical installer

On Sat, May 13, 2006 at 11:23:52PM +0200, Frans Pop wrote:
> - We'll continue to produce separate cd, mini.iso and hd-media images;
>   creating netboot images seems less obvious because of the size of
>   the initrd.

A netboot mini.iso would be useful, but for powerpc there's probably not
a lot of point in other netboot images; most of the machines that might
be able to use this use yaboot, and we're already running up against its
TFTP limit with non-GUI images.

> Including the g-i images on the netinst will mean that it will grow bigger 
> than its current "maximum" size of 110 MB. The 110 MB limit is set mostly 
> to allow installations from a 128 MB USB-stick (hd-media image + netinst 
> iso together must be smaller than the capacity of the USB stick).
> As we feel it is important to have the graphical installer available on 
> all CD types, we propose to relax the current size limit. This will mean 
> that the default image for USB installations will become 256 MB instead 
> of 128 MB.
> We'd prefer not let the netinst grow unnecessarily, but relaxing the size 
> limit means that we could also for example include both initramfs-tools 
> and yaird (current netinst images only have one, not both).

I agree with Sven that size isn't so much of a concern with powerpc due
to the prevalence of slot-loading drives.

Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson@debian.org]

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