CDs DVDs or netboot. Oh my!

seth vidal skvidal at
Thu Oct 11 02:23:40 UTC 2007

On Wed, 2007-10-10 at 20:51 -0500, Mike McGrath wrote:
> History: Up until Fedora 7 all RH family products had an install CD that 
> people could download, stick in their drive and install a minimal set of 
> packages or at least specify a method to install from.
> Problem: As of Fedora 7 (and soon with Fedora 8) they cannot do this.  
> The installable live cd can install but not in the traditional sense of 
> what people are used to.  It has no package selection and cannot upgrade.
> Opinion: I believe, in part, this has contributed to the dip in numbers 
> we saw between FC6 and F7.
> Future problem: as of F8 for an individual arch a user could download 
> boot.iso, live cd, installable DVD, and a few respins.  Respins are 
> going to get linked to a spins site, the torrents and public mirrors 
> site will be linked to as well.  So the real question is what do we 
> 'suggest' our default install be?
> 1) Live CD: Can't upgrade, do package selection or specify install method.
> 2) DVD: isn't live (duh :)  but requires DVD burner and drive to do 
> installs.
> 3) boot.iso: a little too advanced for causal users, etc.
> So which one do we link to directly from get-fedora?  The public mirror 
> list will be there as it was in the past.

livecd - you can do pkg selection after you're installed and it lets you
'try before you buy'


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