[CentOS-devel] Considering repo re-structuring

Mon Nov 29 16:10:07 UTC 2010
Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com>

On 11/29/2010 7:24 AM, Manuel Wolfshant wrote:
>    On 11/29/2010 03:10 PM, Karanbir Singh wrote:
>> On 11/26/2010 08:31 PM, Ned Slider wrote:
>>>> I am also quite keen on the idea of retaining our single-merged distro,
>>>> atleast as the main option. And then perhaps a slightly light(er) weight
>>>> alternative.
>>> Well, I'd suggest starting with the package set on the upstream Server
>>> disk as that looks fairly complete to me. There are some common
>>> "Desktop" packages missing that might want to be added - evolution,
>>> pidgin, thunderbird, xchat, and maybe even OpenOffice if there's room,
>>> but most stuff is already there.
>> the upstream server product is almost a full DVD in itself. Is it worth
>> having the main distro on 2 DVD, and another option which is still a
>> complete'ish DVD ?  If we are going to work out a lightweight CD size'd
>> install media, is it worth then also having the full DVD'ish option over
>> and above the 2 DVD disk full distro ?
> unless the CD offers all that's needed for a lightweight SMB (as in
> small business) server, it's not worth the effort ( at least not for
> European users; I cannot speak for other parts of the world ). A server
> edition on 1 DVD and a full-edition on 2 ( or more) DVDs satisfies me
> completely.

The point of a minimal install isn't to give you a turnkey server at its 
first boot.  It is to make it easy for anyone (even remote-hands that 
don't know much about linux) to get a box to the point where you can ssh 
in and say 'yum groupinstall ...' for the package set you want.  All the 
packages are available over the internet anyway but network installs 
don't always work and don't give you much of a chance to diagnose 
problems remotely.  And you may want to add some local or 3rd party 
repos before installing your final package set.  Also, you may need to 
install on machines with no DVD drive.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com