shrinking the desktop DVD image to 1.5GB

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at
Thu Jun 9 22:19:50 UTC 2011

On Thu, Jun 09, 2011 at 02:00:50PM -0400, Stéphane Graber wrote:
> > Is there any reason that they have to be in the squashfs image to get that
> > effect?  I know that's how it's architected today, but would it actually be
> > a better experience to have a much smaller squashfs that needs to be
> > unpacked, to which the correct language pack is applied on-the-fly as soon
> > as we know what language the user has selected?

> > Is this worth exploring?

> It's actually how I planned to fix it for Edubuntu :)

Oh, well cool ;)

> The idea was to check if the user chose something else than English and
> if so prompt them in Xsession (while we can still change $LANG).
> They'd then have the choice to either install the langpack and get a
> translated live session (if they have enough RAM for that) or continue
> in English and only have ubiquity translated.

I wouldn't like this to result in any additional prompts; we should be able
to auto-install these for the user based on their language selection in
either the bootloader (in which case casper can do the setup), or in

> In all cases, ubiquity would grab the langpacks from the pool and
> install them.

I would presume that by the time ubiquity enters the picture, the packages
are already installed in the live environment, so it just needs to not
/remove/ them...

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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