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Re: Why has bo vanished from the archives?

On Wed, Jul 29, 1998 at 02:29:32PM -0600, Neale Pickett wrote:
> servis  writes:
> > *-Tim Sailer (29 Jul)
> > | On Wed, Jul 29, 1998 at 01:54:12PM -0500, servis@purdue.edu wrote:
> > | > I understand the fact that there is a stable->hamm and unstable->slink.
> > | > But why can't the bo directory still be around without anything
> > | > symlinked to it.  By removing bo we are basically slamming the door on
> > | > all the users who are unable to upgrade to hamm and still might need to
> > | > get a package from bo.  Sid is on the archives and it does not have a
> > | > link to it, why not bo?  If there needs to be a link besides the code
> > | > name it could be linked from something like 'old' or 'previous' or
> > | > 'unsupported' or whatever. 
> > | 
> > | I removed bo from my mirror (llug.sep.bnl.gov) due to disk space.
> > | 
> > I understand that not all mirror sites will have the space to keep
> > copies of all the archive, that is each mirrors choice.  But I think
> > at the very minimum the 'official' ftp site of ftp.debian.org should
> > keep a copy of bo around.  If I recall weren't buzz and rex each kept
> > around for at least a little while before being removed?
> In my opinion, *all* the old distribution versions should be kept
> on-line somewhere.  That is, 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3 should all be available
> for download, no matter how ludicrous it might seem to do so. This could
> be done with a CD changer, or even with tapes.
> At the very least some recognized authority (Official Debian archivist?)
> ought to have stored away a master CD-ROM which they can use to burn a
> copy for someone on request (this could be done for a fee).  Having a CD
> or two around for each distribution shouldn't take that much physical
> space, and I bet if we asked nicely, some reseller would be willing to
> donate left over, out of date CDs to us.
> Heck, I'll donate mine :-)

I've got a 1.3 CD (bought straight after bo release) so there are a lot of packages that
have had security fixes and bug fixes.

I'd like to get CD of bo which was current up to the minute before hamm was released :)

Anyone have a current bo CD I can get sent to me in Australia? :)


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Andrew Howell
Perth, Western Australia			       andrew@it.net.au

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