[CentOS-devel] LiveCD development

Scott Silva

ssilva at sgvwater.com
Mon May 4 23:16:36 UTC 2009

on 5-2-2009 3:01 AM Dag Wieers spake the following:
> On Fri, 1 May 2009, Scott Silva wrote:
>> on 5-1-2009 12:19 PM Alan Bartlett spake the following:
>>> On 01/05/2009, Marcus Moeller <mail-7BlZPJ8e1eab+SiqwsCprbNAH6kLmebB-XMD5yJDbdMReXY1tMh2IBg at public.gmane.org> wrote:
>>>>> So it becomes effectively useless for everyone with a netbook/laptop and
>>>>> needs wireless ? I cannot use the LiveCD unless I somehow transfer the
>>>>> firmware (or remake the LiveCD), you loose users, hurt the project.
>>>> I am not sure if missing netbook support leads in loosing our audience.
>>> Result: Another potential user lost.
>>> Surely that didn't really need to be spelt out for you, Marcus?
>> The opposite would also be true...
>> Novice tries CentOS live CD and says "Wow, this works great. I want to install
>> CentOS!". Several hours later as he DL's the CD's to install it ,"Now this
>> piece of @#&% doesn't work". Also into the trash...
> So you prefer someone whose hardware would work on CentOS not use CentOS 
> because he is under the impression that it does not work.
> This eg. includes wireless. If they use the LiveCD, no wireless.
> Seems counter-productive. And yes there is a good reason to run an 
> enterprise linux on a netbook or a laptop. Saying there are better 
> alternatives is a very personal statement.
No. I think they should both work the same, or at least have the live CD have
2 boot modes. A "test my hardware for CentOS" mode, and a "Give me the works"
mode. Otherwise, you would have to dl the first CD and try a minimal install,
possibly working, possibly not.
It is much easier to test a piece of hardware with a live CD that mimics the
intended installation exactly BEFORE you buy something rather than scramble
for drivers after the fact.

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