shrinking the desktop DVD image to 1.5GB

Phillip Susi psusi at
Thu Jun 9 01:52:13 UTC 2011

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On 06/08/2011 06:50 PM, Allison Randal wrote:
> Following on the tail of this, a few of us have been talking more about
> the idea of shrinking the 4.3GB DVD image down to a 1.5GB flash card/USB
> stick/DVD image. It's looking interesting enough to be worth talking
> about it more broadly.

Do you mean creating a new image in between the dvd and cd, or replacing
the dvd image?  I hope the former.  I find the DVD image handy because
you can still boot it as a livecd, and install using the GUI installer,
but also fall back to the alternate for server or other advanced
installs, or if the gui installer has problems, and even use it to
upgrade an existing system ( or several ) without having to download all
of the packages.

> - What should we cut from the current DVD image (currently a superset of
> desktop, alternate, and server)? Or, perhaps more simply, what would be
> worth adding beyond the current 700MB CD image?

One thing that would be nice to fix with the existing DVD image is the
waste of space it has from duplicating the language packs both as
packages in the pool, and being installed in the sqashfs live image,
which is MUCH larger than the one on the livecd.  It seems like the
language packs should only be included in the pool, not the squashfs
image, and installed on demand.  This also adds to the installation time
significantly ( like 400% increase - it is ridiculous ) since it has to
remove all of the language packs from the target system after copying
the squashfs.
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