Why not a DVD iso version too?

Mel fbsd.questions at rachie.is-a-geek.net
Sun Mar 16 21:53:32 UTC 2008

On Sunday 16 March 2008 22:29:29 Joshua Isom wrote:
> On Mar 16, 2008, at 3:02 PM, Mel wrote:
> > On Sunday ١٦ March ٢٠٠٨ ٢١:٠٣:٢٧ Incoming Mail List wrote:
> >> I think I can answer this one.  Perhaps, not enough disk space?  See,
> >> the "Where is packages-٦.٢-release" for more context.  You know, disk
> >> space isn't infinite...uh-huh.
> >
> > Easy to bitch, ain't it?
> > Make an iso-dvd then and provide the space and bandwidth.
> >
> > I hope they never release a DVD officially, cause it'll mean that ٨٠%
> > of
> > what's downloaded then will never ever be used, yet it does use up the
> > bandwidth on every new release. Stick to windows if you believe that's
> > a
> > proper use of resources.
> Well, since the OP just wants a DVD version, and not specifically a
> version that's too big to fit on a CD, why not just create a DVD iso
> that contains just enough to install?

Unless there's DVD drives out there that can't mount cd's (which would 
surprise me since DVD's use iso9660 file system), there's no reason to make a 
700MB dvd image.

> Personally, I wonder why there isn't a ISO image that'll install
> FreeBSD somewhat in a Gentoo concept, format the disk(s), download the
> source, csup and install from the source(good for someone wanting to
> follow -STABLE instead of -RELEASE), install and csup the ports tree,
> and good to go.

Cause a gzipped ports tree requires less resources then a csup'd one, for one 
and because you may want to get the gateway you're building on site to have 
some decent firewall rules before going up the big scary net.
Install disks have their use and binary installs are faster all around, but 
there's limits to convenience and having all binary packages on disk, most of 
which are obsolete within weeks, majority of which you'll never use (17k+ 
ports atm) certainly is one of them.


Problem with today's modular software: they start with the modules
    and never get to the software part.

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