[CentOS-devel] Idea for single CD install

John Summerfield debian at herakles.homelinux.org
Sat Sep 16 14:09:14 UTC 2006

Johnny Hughes wrote:
> On Fri, 2006-09-15 at 10:30 -0400, Charlie Brady wrote:
>>On Fri, 15 Sep 2006, Karanbir Singh wrote:
>>>Shriramana Sharma wrote:
>>>>Single CD installs will go a long way to popularize CentOS, IMHO.
>>>There already is a Single CD installer, with a default Server Mode selection, 
>>>but nothing stops you from doing a minimal install and then yum groupinstall 
>>>'GNOME Desktop'
>>Lack of readily available bandwidth might. Try it over 14.4k dialup if you 
>>have doubts.
> There are any number of ISO sellers for people to purchase ISOs from for
> situations like that.
> It is not possible to provide all the content on the liveCD on a single
> anaconda installable CD.  (The liveCD is nearly 2GB in size and made
> smaller by squashfs/unionfs.

Most of the files (rpms) are already compressed, so space for those 
shouldn't be an issue. Running the rest through mkzftree and then using 
mkisofs -z should attend to the rest. Then it's just an issue of package 

Be aware, though, that the resultant CD could only be read sensibly on 
Linux; Mac OS, Windows & the rest won't be able to display file contents 



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