Re: .raw extension is misleading
On Mon, 13 May 2002, Richard Atterer wrote:
> I could add an entry to the CD FAQ, if someone can give me a good
> answer to the question... :)
> What is a .raw file?
> It is exactly the same as an .iso file; you can just rename it to
> .iso and write it to CD-R. We use .raw for beta and unofficial
> images rather than .iso, because... ???
A .raw file is a cd image file in a testing release. It is not considered
signed off by the image creator and is made available for beta testing. If
no errors are discovered it is renamed and released as a .iso. If there is
a problem, the cd image is created and rereleased as a .raw.
Creating this as a .raw extension discourages downloaders from assuming it
is a finished product.
P.S personally disagree with the .raw naming and think it's easier to leave
it as .iso and educate people about the release process instead but i
am sure phil has the benefit in experience on this process and go with
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