[RFC] ShipIt CD-RW
ben at cvrse.com
Wed Apr 18 08:51:47 UTC 2007
* John Richard Moser wrote:
> I've been thinking on ShipIt CDs and the problems with getting them out
> taking so long. I could give a long-winded essay; but I'm dealing with
> people here, so I'll give brief points and you can comment.
> Summary of the problem:
> o ShipIt CDs take too long to get out to users, often times weeks or
> o Ubuntu release cycle spans 6 months; ShipIt CDs become a waste of
> material after this point for many users.
> Solutions that fail:
> o ShipIt ships faster: More resources, more expense, more stress on
> o ShipIt preorders: We still have to wait until release before we can
> expect anyone to start pressing anything. The same back-ups arise.
> o Longer release cycles: Too drastic, and marketing fluff.
> The proposed solution:
> I propose we ship Ubuntu ShipIt CDs on CD-RWs. This would allow users
> to order ShipIt CDs during the Alpha/Beta cycles and up-burn as
> necessary. Further, ShipIt CDs could be dual-branded for reuse in the
> next release cycle.
> o ShipIt can ship CD-RWs during the development cycle. These CD-RWs
> would use special ShipIt-RW art, indicating the disc utilizes CD-RW
> storage to house the Ubuntu Operating System.
> o ShipIt-RW artwork would contain multiple brands, each with a check
> box by it. The next three releases would appear; so during the
> Feisty development cycle, brands for 7.04, 7.10, and 8.04 would
> appear. Alternately, in case of flexible releases (as with Dapper),
> the branding "Yv1" and "Yv2" (Y for Year) could replace exact
> version numbers; so Feisty would be 7v1 and Feisty+1 would be 7v2.
> o ShipIt-RW artwork would display multiple release levels, including
> "Alpha" and "Beta" paired with 1-5. Again, these sit next to check
> o A write-in box would allow for ShipIt-RW labeling as "Slipstreamed"
> (rebuilt with all patches) or a future version.
> o ShipIt-RW packs could ship with an erasable marker; eraser fluid
> (sponge-bottle of water); and eraser (cloth). This would facilitate
> rebranding by reburning a different release.
> o Canonical could ship ShipIt-RW CDs blank, unlabeled, allowing
> recipients to burn as needed.
> I believe the above proposals leave enough room for discussion to come
> to a useful and unique solution. I will leave this open for discussion,
> as I am curious to see if anyone else would enjoy dev-cycle rewritable
> CDs from ShipIt, and if anyone has a nice solution on how to do this right.
i think your missing the point of shipit, in general the people ordering
these discs are the ones who are unable to download a 700meg iso over
the internet, or are just looking to try ubuntu for the first time,
being given the disc from a friend or expo. i cant really see any point
in canonical sending out blank dvdrws around the world when anyone can
pick one up from the local milkbar for less than a dollar, as they're
still going to have to download the images from the internet and anyone
low on bandwith is not likely to download multiple full prerelease
iso's. there are many authorised merchants  to buy cd's from for only a
few dollars if you'd like it faster.
 - http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/purchase#distributor
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