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Debian CDs organisation

Maybe my discussion will make me look obnoxious and gullible to challenge Debian's tradition but I really hope this discussion will lead to a positive output, rather than to be bashed. Like many new comers, what confused me at first is which cd image to download; 1, 2 or all of them. Yes, it is very clearly indicated in the documentation that only CD 1 is all I need and all the packages are sorted by popularity. But, don't you think this approach is just too arbitrary? How do I know the packages that I am interested in which CD? Yes, there is a long list showing which package where. But, don't you think that is very arbitrary, again? One package may be very popular among a group of you but may not for others. System admin uses tools different than network admin. Normal users may never touch tools that are popular among application developers.

I suggest that packages are group by function rather than popularity:

CD 1 - Base/Core system which is to be used for installation/repair/rescue

CD 2 - Desktop (X11, GTK, QT, GNOME, KDE, OpenOffice and other GUI applications)

CD 3 - System Administration

CD 4 - Network Administration


Instead of saying, "...in most cases it is not necessary to download all of the images for your architecture. The packages on the CDs are sorted by popularity: CD 1 contains the installation system and the _most_popular_ packages. CD 2 contains slightly _less_popular_ ones, CD 3 _even_less_popular_ ones, etc. You will PROBABLY not need CD 3 and higher unless you have very special requirements."

I say:

CD 1 is all you need to install a functional Debian Linux

CD 1 + CD 2 if you are a desktop user

CD 1 + CD 4 if you are a network admin

CD 1 + CD 3 if you are a system admin

CD 1 + CD 2 + CD 4 if you are a network admin + desktop user


What do you think?

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