KVM, virt-manager, etc.

Matt Zimmerman mdz at canonical.com
Thu Jan 31 10:00:23 GMT 2008

On Tue, Jan 29, 2008 at 12:05:33PM +0100, Soren Hansen wrote:
> > I think two good options are:
> >
> >  * Copy the packages from the CD at install time, so they're cached for use
> >    in creating VMs
> > 
> >  * Install via Internet from a mirror
> > 
> > The former being a better user experience, and the latter being simpler to
> > implement.
> The filesystem on the ISO already constitutes a valid mirror, doesn't
> it?  If so, it shouldn't require many lines of shell to copy the
> relevant bits of the ISO to the hard drive and teach the install system
> we choose to implement to check if it already has a local mirror like
> that.

Yes, it does.  However, adding a new component to the installer, testing it
and ensuring its robustness (e.g. checking for enough free disk space) seems
substantially more complex than doing a network installation (which already
works).  Wouldn't you agree?

It seems quite close to feature freeze to be adding such complexity, so
perhaps a local mirror approach would be something to explore for the next

 - mdz

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