Jigdo - A Professional Letter to Mike McGrath

Michael DeHaan mdehaan at redhat.com
Mon Dec 10 22:55:47 UTC 2007

Jeroen van Meeuwen wrote:
> Mike McGrath wrote:
>>>  and we were going to
>>>> judge jigdo a success if a certain % (compared to bittorrent) use 
>>>> jigdo.  What % would that be?
>>> Jigdo would in this case be particularly useful to those with a 
>>> local mirror as they have 99% of the content already (90% if you 
>>> have F9T3?). Because it is particularly useful to some, and 
>>> completely weird and strange for others, the number of users that 
>>> will use it if BitTorrent is an alternative wouldn't be a very good 
>>> indicator to see if it is actually a viable distribution method for 
>>> the whole of Fedora, neither is it the goal for these proposals.
>> I'm talking specifically about people going to the get-fedora page 
>> and clicking on the torrent link vs the jigdo link.  Out of every 100 
>> people, how many people will click on the jigdo link?
> Given the choice to download, say, the Fedora 9 i386 vanilla DVD, 
> frankly, I expect only people that know Jigdo, or want to get to know 
> Jigdo as it may have some benefits for them, and want to use it, are 
> going to use it, so in all my optimism:
> roughly 10 out of a 100.

I would venture less.   As a former Debian user (and knowing other 
Debian users), our favorite install system was always the ~100 MB net 
install image, which we can do for Fedora already (though it's not 100 MB)

Spins are perhaps interesting for users that don't do minimal 
net-installs, and don't want to build their system with yum later, but 
jigdo is something that advanced users would use.   They seem to be two 
different groups.

Jigdo did not seem to be very popular among anyone I talked to once they 
figured out the minimal install images were available.

Fedora's MMV, of course.

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