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Re: From release notes for FC5T3 (web)

James Wilkinson wrote:

Antonio Olivares wrote:
I just hope that they do not drop tetex, and tetex*
from the base cd's/dvd.  Yum installing tetex, would
probably take a long time through dialup.

Three points:

Fedora Core is supposed to be "self-hosting": all you're supposed to
need to build any Core package is Fedora Core. Many Core packages
include TeX documentation, so you need a TeX package in Core (to create
the dvi) and a dvi reader for those packages. See, for example:

There are repeated calls for Extras .iso files to be made available, so
the companies which make Fedora Core CDs can make Extras CDs available
too. I understand that the Fedora developers *are* sympathetic to such
calls -- it's merely the perennial problem of time and developer effort.
As Open Source packages grow in size and number, and as the Fedora
developers try to keep down the size of Core, Extras is going to grow in
importance and the need for these ISOs will increase.
Exactly. Many end users and developers agree that ISO images of Extras are a good idea.

In theory, we would be able to serve all the different goals that are put forward. In practice, we prioritize based on end user input, developer time, release schedule etc. The freshrpms maintainer (who also contributes to Fedora Extras) did produce ISO images at some point. If anyone wants to put in the effort to continue to do this, get started and ask for help in the development list. I am sure many people would be able to provide input on this if there is a serious effort put forward.


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