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Re: Translations for new boot floppies

On Mon, Jan 26, 1998 at 12:15:26PM +0100, Michele Dalla Silvestra wrote:
> On Mon, 26 Jan 1998, Enrique Zanardi wrote:
> > Not yet. First we have to finish the non-internationalized version, as we
> > are already out of schedule for Debian 2.0. Then internationalizing it
> > will be very easy.
> I like to contribute and/or test the standard version of boot
> floppies. How and what I can do?
At the moment there's no boot-floppies package for this version, but 
the development sources are in a CVS repository at: 

It's recommended to use ssh to access the repository:

export CVS_RSH=ssh
cvs -d <your-login-id>d@master.debian.org:/debian/home/sr1/lib/cvs co \

(Of course, that implies you have an account on master).

> > There's a little problem I've been thinking about, but don't have an easy
> > solution yet. The root disk is already stuffed almost to capacity, so we
> > won't be able to put a few message catalogs for the different languages
> > we will support.
> > 
> > One solution is building a root floppy for each language, but that would
> > be a waste of space in the CDs and mirror sites. 
> I use only one xserver, but in CDROM and mirror there are xservers for
> all video card. Some boot floppies for specific language don't make
> waste of space.

They do if we can find a better solution with a little effort. I guess a
significant amount of the xservers code is card-dependent. Only a few
KBs of the root disk, namely the message catalog, will be language-

If we implement the other solution we save a few MBs (each
compressed root disk is ~700KB, each compressed rescue disk is ~1 MB,
each compressed messages file will be <10KB). Of course it has to be 
implemented in a user-friendly way, but I guess it's not too unfriendly
to ask them to copy a file after they have "dd" the default rescue floppy.

And we can use a "choose language" menu for those that boot directly from
the CD, something that can't be done if we use a different rescue disk
for each language. (The CDs boot from a predefined rescue disquette image
found in the same CD).

Enrique Zanardi						   ezanardi@ull.es
Dpto. Fisica Fundamental y Experimental			Univ. de La Laguna

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