RELEASE discs & ISO images (for future)
olli at lurza.secnetix.de
Sun Mar 9 09:43:32 PDT 2008
Vadim Goncharov wrote:
> 7.0-RELEASE images came out with FIVE disks - disc 1 to 3 and separate LiveFS
> and docs. What do they contain?
- The small "bootonly" CD contains only sysinstall.
It can be used if you want to install from the network.
- Disk 1 contains everything you need to install the base
FreeBSD system, as well as a few useful packages.
- Disk 2 and 3 just contain more packages.
- The "docs" CD only contains documentation: Handbook,
FAQ and articles in various languages. These are also
available online, so there's rarely a need to download
- The "livefs" CD contains the usual "fixit" live file
system. It is bootable on its own, so you do _not_ need
to download disk1 if you only want the livefs CD.
By the way, you can combine disk1 and the livefs image into
a single ISO image and write it onto a DVD-R. It won't fit
on a CD-R disk, though, and that's the reason why the
lifefs went onto a separate ISO image.
> I suspect this separation is due to sizes od docs etc. - but CD drives can now
> handle even 700 MBs of data, and disc1 for i386 occupies only 509M, though
> disc2 is 694M, yes.
As you can see, disk1 + livefs is larger than 700 MB.
The docs CD is separate anyway, which is a good thing
because many people won't need it.
> May be it is desirable to compress docs and other base system parts with
> bzip2 -9 instead of gzip?
What exactly would you propose to compress? Compressing
the docs isn't a good idea, because then you wouldn't be
able to read them directly from the CD. Also, as mentioned
above, the docs are already on a separate CD.
> P.S. And may be it is good also to resurrect miniinst disk for
> Depenguinator project? :)
Do you mean the "bootonly" CD? It's already there.
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