Re: Essential bloat [was: Debian on CDROM]
David Bristel <email@example.com> writes:
> On Thu, 14 Oct 1999, Clint Adams wrote:
> > Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999 11:40:45 -0400
> > From: Clint Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > To: Goswin Brederlow <email@example.com>
> > Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
> > Subject: Re: Essential bloat [was: Debian on CDROM]
> > Resent-Date: 14 Oct 1999 15:41:19 -0000
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> > > 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.
> > I use floppies for every installation I do. And quite frequently
> > the system has some wacky NIC that requires a kernel recompile with
> > a patched driver before it will even talk to the net.
> > If nobody in his right mind uses disks anymore, why do we have 1.2M and
> > 1.44M floppy images?
> Probably for the 100 or so people in the USA and millions of less technically
> driven people around the world who still run old 386 and 486 computers without a
> network connection or CD-ROM drive. Here in the USA, it is much more difficult
> to find people who want to run Linux and have anything less than a 486 with
> CD-ROM drive, but they are still out there, trying to learn, and finding it
They will all have some existing OS, so hey can easily download all
the required stuff to a partition and boot with the rescue and drivers
disks only. No need to make base disks.
Debian should force diskless methods a bit more in the dcumentation,
its far easier, faster and more conftabe than make basedisks.
May the Source be with you.
PS: I don´t opt against base disks, but their use should be the last
resort when all else fails.