[CentOS-devel] CentOS 5 ServerCD ?

Mon Nov 3 21:00:05 UTC 2008
Dag Wieers <dag at centos.org>

On Mon, 3 Nov 2008, Karanbir Singh wrote:

> Dag Wieers wrote:
>>  I have been asked a few times about a CentOS 5 ServerCD. Is something like
>>  this planned or simply impossible ?
>>  (Was reminded by this comment on LWN: http://lwn.net/Articles/304730/)
> Some of the issues, of the top of my head :
> 1) Upstream now has a product called 'Server' and at the time we felt it 
> might cause confusion to have a 'Server' that is not even remotely the same 
> thing as upstreams 'Server'
> 2) ServerCD 4 to ServerCD(!) 5 upgrades required a ServerCD5 that was almost 
> 900MB in size.
> 3) Since you can now have a finer level of package selection and installation 
> control at install time, many people felt that the impact and use case for 
> ServerCD was diminished.
> 4) Talk at the time of a CentOSPlus kernel based installed ( therefore xfs 
> etc support at install time, additional drivers, perhaps some more userland 
> stuff too ) might be a good idea, but that never got traction so we felt that 
> if no one really cared enough to talk about it, perhaps no one really wanted 
> it - or people already have process's in place that worked around the issue.
> Finally, it wasent going to be possible to get the exact same usage scenarios 
> covered in a single CD for CentOS-5 as it was for CentOS-4. Perhaps if there 
> is enough interest we can revisit this situation and reconsider the issues. 
> But thats just what the reasons are why there isnt a CentOS-5 servercd at the 
> moment. Nothing stops that situation from changing within reasonable grounds.

A single CD installer providing a minimal installation that is good 
enough to yum install the rest of the packages seems useful to me.

An installable LiveCD that provides this minimal installation would be 
good enough as well.

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