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Re: [RFC] Consequences for official CD/DVD images for Lenny


[My two cents tips below]

On Wed, 2008-12-03 at 23:32 +0100, Frans Pop wrote:
> Now that everybody has had a chance to take a look at the patches and try 
> out the test images (ahem...) we should decide how to use the new options 
> and what it will mean for the images we make available for Lenny.
> The following images will remain essentially unchanged:
> - netinst/businesscard images for arches other than i386/amd64
> - full CD images
> - KDE installation CD 
> - alpha/hppa/ia64 multi-arch CD

I have noticed that Ubuntu only advertises CD1 on their download page. I
think it is really sensible: The CD-1 contains Xwindow, so a [new] user
gets a usable desktop... even if he/she face network connectivity
Advanced users can still use netboot/BC/jigdo/DVD...

> netinst and businesscard (i386 and amd64 only)
> ----------------------------------------------
> We can also add the option to select an alternative DE to the smaller 
> images. After all, packages will be downloaded from a mirror anyway so we 
> know all desktops will be available.
> The contents of the images themselves will not change.
> I see only benefits from this as general usability is improved.


> multi-arch images
> -----------------
> The i386/amd64/powerpc CD is basically a netinst image, so that can get 
> desktop=all to enable DE selection in the boot menu for i386 and amd64.
> The i386/amd64/powerpc DVD is more problematic as having all desktops will 
> completely fill the DVD leaving no room for other packages with a high 
> popcon score.
> Proposal is therefore to drop powerpc support from this DVD. With only 
> i386 and amd64 there is still room for the top ~2600 packages on the DVD.

PowerPC's popcon is steady (or even decreasing), probably because Apple
don't sale any PPC system anymore.

On the other hand, x86_64 system are now extremely popular now. I like
the idea of such 2arch/4desktop/+2600pkg DVDs for events.


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