[RFC] ShipIt CD-RW

Conrad Knauer atheoi at gmail.com
Wed Apr 18 03:19:45 UTC 2007

RFC = ?

On 4/17/07, John Richard Moser <nigelenki at comcast.net> wrote:

> I've been thinking on ShipIt CDs and the problems with getting them out
> taking so long.
>   I propose we ship Ubuntu ShipIt CDs on CD-RWs.  This would allow users
>   to order ShipIt CDs during the Alpha/Beta cycles and up-burn as
>   necessary.  Further, ShipIt CDs could be dual-branded for reuse in the
>   next release cycle.

I can think of a few reasons why this is a bad idea, not the least of
which is that the alpha/beta versions have big disclaimers to NOT
install them on production machines (e.g. including because the
installer itself might do bad things).

Then there is the cost of CD-RWs vs CD-Rs; in bulk, CD-Rs can be
exceptionally cheap.  AFAIK, CD-RWs are still rather more (which would
use up Canonical's budget faster, ne?).

Then there is the problem that if you start shipping free reusable
disks...  well let's just say that Canonical runs the risk of becoming
the poor man's Office Supply Store ;)

And is this really a problem Canonical needs to solve right now?
(they've adjusted down the number of disks given out by default as I
recall and review the larger orders)

What would make more sense would be to expand the Freedom Toaster
project (http://www.freedomtoaster.org/)


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