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Re: [opensuse-factory] HALLO - ANYBODY OUT THERE? [WAS About the Live CDs (PLEASE READ)]
On 14/06/12 08:24, Hans Witvliet wrote:
On Wed, 2012-06-13 at 19:26 +1000, Basil Chupin wrote:

The use of USB sticks is really not something to be seriously
considered. Not everyone has the ability to use this medium.
percentage?

However, there is little difference cost-wise or effort-wise between
having to burn a CD and a blank single-layer DVD.

I am NOT talking here about releasing 4.3GB of data to fill a SL DVD but
saying that if the volume of data to be downloaded by users is only
marginally greater then what would fit on a standard CD then there
wouldn't be a problem.

In fact there were a few LIVEs "CD"s recently which I had to burn to a DVD.

Downloading ~800MB to be burnt onto a DVD is acceptable - but not
downloading 4.3GB.
Discussion was more about 1GB instead of 700 or 800MB...

No, the discussion was about the size of the LIVE CD.

Then some bright spark came up with the 1GB USB memory stick - which is what you are talking about but the original discussion started about the CD being too small now and which apps could be omitted to make the remainder fit onto a CD.


Allthough i'm in favour of live-images of 1GB there is one risk:
With repair or netboot images the incentive to keep the image small is
obvious. Just like cd 700MB limitation of a cdrom.

When that limitation is removed, there might be a tendency that for 12.2
the live image is 800MB, the next 1GB, next one 1.5GB.
If not careful we end up with a live-blu-ray, live-data-centre or a
live-cloud ;-))

This, of course, is always a possibility but one has to remember that I am certain that we are talking here about releasing LIVE CDs for the Milestones and Betas and RCs and not the final release. When it comes to a final release, the 4.3GB DVD then someone who wants such a DVD would order it from a supplier like DistroWatch, for example, or download the DVD if they have the broadband and enough time and quota to be able to do so.

So, while your argument is valid it is really moot as downloading such a beast as the full 4.3GB DVD is not something one does every few weeks just to be able to try out a Milestone :-) .

hans
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