Proposal to drop Ubuntu alternate CDs for 12.10

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at
Tue Aug 28 23:14:37 UTC 2012

On Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 06:20:16PM -0400, Stéphane Graber wrote:
> That being said, we could certainly try to get these people to install
> using the server media, then getting ltsp post-install. This will still
> require them to download a substantial amount of packages and my
> experience is that setting this all up by hand properly is scaring a lot
> of people.

> I'd certainly expect most large scale deployments of LTSP to stick on
> 12.04 LTS, so I can't provide any number on how big a user base we're
> talking about, but I'm sure we'll be getting quite a few questions and
> complaints should we drop the alternate media without a viable
> alternative for these users.

> I don't think this use case alone is enough to keep the alternate
> images, but it's surely something to keep in mind and make sure is
> clearly communicated to the users, telling them that this is a temporary
> situation and will all be resolved in 13.04.

On Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 06:41:52PM -0400, Barry Warsaw wrote:
> On Aug 27, 2012, at 02:50 PM, Steve Langasek wrote:

> >Please note one implication here that, with the possibility of not having
> >i386 server CDs for 12.10, the only install option for an i386 user wanting
> >RAID on a desktop would be to install via netboot or with the mini ISO.

> I would just say that, at least the last time I tried to do a netboot, it
> wasn't easy.  The documentation was difficult to find, somewhat out of date,
> and didn't describe exactly what and where to download the necessary bits and
> pieces.

> It's been a little while so I don't remember the details, but maybe part of
> the task of dropping the alt CDs should include reviewing the available
> documentation for netboot and mini ISO for up-to-dated-ness.

Thanks for the feedback.  I've opened a release notes bug to track this:

Any help in fleshing it out with specifics is welcome.

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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