Re: [custom] Custom Debian Distros need the help from debian developers
On Thu, 4 Mar 2004, Free Ekanayaka wrote:
> Andreas, I've read again your paper and I've just noticed that your
> are referencing #186085 (maybe the first time I was too tired, or it's
> newly added).
I'm continousely workiing on this paper and you might expect daily (perhaps
hourly) changes on it. The official announcement will be done when I finished
the draft and than it will be moved to a CVS repository on Alioth.
> Is it critical for Debian that all the packages belonging to a task
> fit on this first CD? After all having to change a CD-ROM during the
> installation should not that big deal for a user, but I may be missing
Don't ask me. I have a different opinion but there was no support from
other developers. Feel free to post your opinion to the BTS.
> Considering now that DVD readers and burners are becoming cheaper and
> more popular, this issue might be partly solved in the near future. On
> http://www.debian-cd.com/ they already produce woody/sarge DVDs.
On the other hand I think that CDs are the most popular medium we should
care for and thus we should keeping a working CD solution in mind.
> Would a general, CDD independent, framework for automatically creating
> such ISO/DVD images make sense? For example there might be scripts on
> a server which take care of creating and updating such images
> according to the dependences of the task packages of a given CDD, or
> to some sort of rules defined inside in one of its task packages
> (e.g. debian-med-cd).
Yes this would definitely make sense and the problem can be split into
1) A single CDD install CD for each CDD would be a nice thing to have.
I think the debian-edu project (=Skolelinux) is much in an advance
=> We need tools to build such a CDD install CD
2) We need a (Knoppix derived) Live CD for demonstration purposes
for each CDD (see various threads on debian-devel and debian-knoppix
project on Alioth.
=> We need tools to build an easily customizable Knoppix CD which
can be builded from scratch by using Debian-Mirror and Debian tools
I consider 1) and 2) as different tasks because I doubt that you can get
a clean installation if you use the install feature from Knoppix. Moreover
a more or less unattended installation process (as Skolelinux is doing it
currently) is a vital feature and I doubt that we are able to combine this
with the Knoppix approach.
This will be mentioned in a future part of my draft of the paper.