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RE: Summary of the Debian CD BoF at DC15


> I'm planning to basically stop making *CD* sets for new builds
> (testing/stretch onwards).
> I'm open to making more different-sized image types so long as they
> make sense - ask!

The smallest image with a graphical environment (preferably XFCE, but not necessarily) would make sense.

The use case is the following:
- you need the smallest possible image with a graphical environment 
- you modify this image by:
  * adding your own custom packages and their dependencies (possibly not on CD-1)
  * adding your own preseeding
  * adding some post-install scripts

This allows to build custom installation image quite easily. For such scenarios, netinst or DVD images are not well adapted, but XFCE CD image like [1] are.

The drawback of using DVD-1 images like [2] is the size (4GB vs 640MB). Think about Jenkins jobs having to manipulate such files when archiving/copying artifacts.

The drawback of using netinst images [3] is that the number of packages missing to install XFCE (or gnome) is huge, and the list is difficult to establish/maintain.

[1] http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/8.2.0/amd64/iso-cd/debian-8.2.0-amd64-xfce-CD-1.iso
[2] http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/8.2.0/amd64/iso-dvd/debian-8.2.0-amd64-DVD-1.iso
[3] http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/8.2.0/amd64/iso-cd/debian-8.2.0-amd64-netinst.iso

With kind regards,

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