Other ways to cut FC4 down from 15 CDs to 14?

Alexandre Oliva aoliva at redhat.com
Thu Feb 24 17:34:49 UTC 2005

On Feb 24, 2005, David Woodhouse <dwmw2 at infradead.org> wrote:

> Has anyone looked at the possibility of having a shared CD or two
> between the x86_64 and i386 installs?

As good as an idea as it might sound, it poses some interesting
infrastructure problems, and it doesn't address the most important
issue in my understanding.

As for infrastructure, it requires the entire CD set to be regarded as
part of the same distro spin, as opposed to having each arch being
spun separately as it stands now.  This is why you see different SRPMS
isos for x86_64 and i386, for example, and why fedora-release has a
different build number between them.  Yes, this would be great to fix,
and would further reduce the amount of space mirrors get to carry.  In
fact, fixing this is probably *far* more important that cutting out
half a CD from the i386 binary set.

As for the most important issue, which is the i386 CD count, it won't
make any difference: CD distributors will still have to print 5
instead of 4 CDs to offer the complete FC4/i386.

Not that I find this all that important, personally, nor that I agree
with the current pursuit of such goal, but I thought I'd point out
that it unfortunately fails to help.

Alexandre Oliva             http://www.ic.unicamp.br/~oliva/
Red Hat Compiler Engineer   aoliva@{redhat.com, gcc.gnu.org}
Free Software Evangelist  oliva@{lsd.ic.unicamp.br, gnu.org}

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