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Bits from the debian-cd team; more CD/DVDs being built regularly

We now have *lots* of CD and DVD types being built regularly, so maybe
a quick summary is in order:

Daily builds

 * "etch" businesscard for each arch *except* s390 (small image, no
   packages - just contains d-i)
 * "etch" netinst for each arch *except* s390 (slightly larger image,
   d-i and the base system only)
 * "sid" businesscard (as above)
 * "sid" netinst (as above)

The "etch" and "sid" versions determine the version of d-i used in
each case. "etch" uses the last known-good d-i image from the archive
(aka etch RC1 at the moment). "sid" uses the latest build from the
porters for each architecture. Both sets are built often, triggered by
the mirror pulse (currently twice daily). Total build time for all of
these is approximately 45 minutes for 44 CDs.

Weekly builds

 * full CD sets for each arch and source
 * full DVD sets for each arch and source
 * (NEW) a KDE version of CD#1 for each arch
 * (NEW) an XFCE version of CD#1 for each arch
 * (NEW) a 3-arch netinst (amd64/i386/powerpc)
 * (NEW) a 3-arch + source DVD#1 (amd64/i386/powerpc/source)

These builds are normally triggered by the first mirror pulse on a
Monday, UTC timezone. This build takes much longer, due to the sheer
size of the data sets involved, (approximately 15 hours for 293 CDs
and 41 DVDs in the last build). There is now quite some overlap
between these discs, too, which leads me on to:

Gnome vs. KDE vs. XFCE

The KDE and XFCE variants of CD#1 are now being produced to give more
choice to people for initial installation. By default, CD#1 has always
meant to be enough to install a fully-functioning system, including a
desktop. On sarge, we (just about) managed to make all that fit,
including a choice of KDE or Gnome. However, since the sarge release
the size of the set of packages needed to cover each desktop *and* the
rest of the base system has grown substantially. We're now at the
point where that's just not possible any more. The default CD#1 will
now install a Gnome desktop, and there are replacement CDs that will
install KDE or XFCE instead. Download your own choice. Thanks to Joey
Hess for the work to make these happen.


Quick warning to avoid possible confusion: this is nothing to do with
the multi-arch binary support that people are working on. The new
multi-arch discs are designed to be convenient for people who
need/want to be able to install Debian onto multiple different types
of machine from a single disc.

To that end, there is now a combined amd64/i386/powerpc netinst that
is basically an amalgamation of the contents of the individual
netinsts for those arches. This is based on the "etch" d-i version as
described above.

There is also a combined amd64/i386/powerpc/source DVD which should
contain most of what people will commonly want to install on each of
those 3 arches, roughly equivalent to the contents of the first 3-4
CDs or so each. Binary-all package overlaps mean that there is space
on this disc for more packages than might be expected. Plus, sources
for all the binaries on the DVD will be included too. This DVD is
therefore probably the ideal choice of disc to sell or give away at

In case it's not obvious, the 3 arches picked for these discs are
simply the most common end-user systems out there. There is scope for
producing more multi-arch discs, but the possible combinations are
*massive* :-).

To do

I'm still expecting to add Live CDs to the list here before we
release. Otherwise, I think we're about set. If there's anything else
you'd like us to do or anything you'd like to ask about, please reply
to this mail - note the Reply-To to the debian-cd list.

Otherwise, please help us TEST these, especially the variants marked
as NEW above. Downloads are available in multiple formats (iso image,
jigdo, bittorrent) - look at


for all your testing CD/DVD needs.

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
"It's actually quite entertaining to watch ag129 prop his foot up on
 the desk so he can get a better aim."          [ seen in ucam.chat ]

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