New Programs for Hardy?

Kevin Fries kfries at
Thu Dec 13 15:52:54 UTC 2007

On Thu, 2007-12-13 at 03:51 -0500, Michael R. Head wrote:
> On Thu, 2007-12-13 at 02:36 -0600, Conrad Knauer wrote:
> > So let's use that as a dividing line; let's keep the 32-bit x86 disks
> > as CDs, BUT... let's switch the 64-bit disks to DVDs.
> It's not uncommon for some servers to come with just a CD ROM drive (I
> manage a Dell PowerEdge running 64-bit dapper in such a configuration).
> For example, in its base configuration, the Dell SC440 is still being
> sold with a 48X CD-ROM Drive. These are just the machines on which
> users may wish to install Ubuntu's amd64 architecture.

I have been ordering servers more and more without CD Rom drives.  I
deal with a lot of managed systems, and have opted for moving the
install over to a flash stick.

One idea that Debian has had for years, that I am surprised that Ubuntu
did not follow -- especially with servers -- was the idea of the minimal
install CD ( < 50MB to fit on a mini-cd or flash stick) that was little
more than a debootstrap install.  Then everything was obtainable from
the repositories.

While I realize that could get ugly for the noobs that Ubuntu goes after
if followed exactly... but what about a derivation off of it.  Instead
of leaving just a command line system, it installed a core system, then
rebooted, upon first boot, it asked which U/K/X-buntu version you
wanted, then retrieved that from the Apt repositories.  Now CD capacity
is unimportant.

Of course, this only helps in places where broadband internet
connectivity is available.

Kevin Fries
Senior Linux Engineer
Computer and Communications Technology, Inc
A Division of Japan Communications Inc.

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