Re: Essential bloat [was: Debian on CDROM]
"Darren O. Benham" <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> On Thu, Oct 14, 1999 at 05:15:07PM +0200, Goswin Brederlow wrote:
> > Nobody in his right mind uses disks anymore. You eigther have a
> > network to somewehre (internet or local net) or you store the stuff on
> > a CD, zip or partition.
> That strikes me as extremely rude! I have 20 rack mount computers here
> that use an onboard ethernet card that MUST have recompiled kernel (and and
> updated driver that's not currently in 2.2.12 source tree). We didn't want
> CD roms in them... My only choice is disk until I get past the "base"
> install. After that, I can install my custom kernel and use apt to get
> ther rest of Debian.
> Are you telling me that because I've chosen not to buy CDroms for these
> boxes and chose a motherboard with a newer Enet chip that I'm not allowed
> to have Debian...?
> P.S. Taking apart all 20 boxen to install a CDRom just for the
> installation is not an option.
Can you put the modified kernel on the floppy and use the net to fetch
the base image. (In this case, you could also use a huge base image
with most or all of the packages you need preinstalled.)
(I've done stuff like this before with my old laptop which had no
CDROM. I refuse to feed the machine 6 base floppies, so I usually end
up using PCMCIA enet to d/l the base system.)
Still, if we are doing away with the base floppies, we should make the
network install of base.tgz a little easier to figure out, and add FTP
and HTTP support. The "snarf" program is small and can fetch files
from ftp and http urls; it could be added to boot-floppies to get this
functionality. (I haven't looked at the 2.2 floppies yet, maybe they
do this already.)