Re: MSDOS name conversion
I have tried to stay out of this discussion, but feel the need to make a
Splitting packages at the source makes Debian more inclusive. There have
been many comments about why bother from people who already have Linux
and are connected (well or otherwise) to the net. This indicates to me
that the poorly connected are under represented in this group.
I came to Debian last year after loosing my old Linux box to a lightning
strike. The machine I started with was a DOS box hooked to my internet
provider. After several failed attempts to collect all the packages, I
solved my problem by downloading the boot, root, base disks, netstd,
netbase, and ppp. With this I was able to get a minimal system that could
connect to the net (BTW, I would have liked to have had this in the base
system...) and slowly and carefully downloaded the rest.
However, even this solution will not work for everyone. Consider the
person who is well connected at the office but has no connection at home.
(my partner, for instance, works in an all DOS/Winblows environment fully
net connected...Yech) It is these people that we should be trying to get
into Debian Linux (these people are more vulnerable to the proprietary
My fundamental argument is that Debian should be as inclusive as
possible. Splitting large packages into floppy sizes helps to include
more people in the distribution and so, is a good thing.
Parity on Dudes!
aka Dale Scheetz Phone: 1 (904) 877-0257
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