RELEASE discs & ISO images (for future)

Josh Paetzel josh at
Tue Mar 18 14:18:43 PDT 2008

On Tuesday 18 March 2008 09:33:44 am Oliver Fromme wrote:

>  > Yes, but DVD is still in the future.
> I don't quite understand.  Most PCs have a DVD drive.
> You can buy DVD-ROM drives for $20.
> Sure, there are old boxes that still have CD drives
> only.  I'm not saying that FreeBSD should stop making
> CD ISO images.  But it doesn't have to be the main
> focus anymore.  The majority of people do have DVD
> drives, so the focus should move to providing a DVD
> ISO image, getting rid of various problems (space
> constraints, CD shuffling annoyance).  "Legacy" CD ISO
> images could still be provided, but it's lower priority.

The real constraint is that there is pressure from the ftp mirror maintainers 
to keep what they have to mirror as small as possible.  Due to the nature of 
dvds and cds you can provide everything via cd for a user and he/she can 
trivially create a dvd image from them, or you can provide a dvd image and 
either eliminate the cd image and the users who depend on cd images or lose 
the ftp mirror sites that refuse to carry the significantly larger FreeBSD 


Josh Paetzel

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