[CentOS-devel] Considering repo re-structuring

Mon Nov 29 21:08:15 UTC 2010
Manuel Wolfshant <wolfy at nobugconsulting.ro>

On 11/29/2010 10:57 PM, Ned Slider wrote:
> On 29/11/10 13:10, 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 ?
> No, giving this some more thought I would just put out a 2 DVD full 
> distro set. Disk1 based on the upstream "Server" DVD and Disk2 
> containing everything else (i.e, the upstream "Optional" channel).
I agree so far ...

>  Disk1 would also be your "minimal" disk giving everything that's required to 
> do an install meaning people don't need to download Disk2 to install. 
.. but not here. When people want "minimal" they expect to do that with 
a _small_ download. [*] A full DVD does not fit this bill, even if it 
can be used for a minimal install, too.

> The upstream Server DVDs are 2.7 and 3.2GB for x86 and x86-64, respectively.
I sincerely doubt that anyone would consider those as "minimal". I am 
tempted to say that minimal should fit a definition similar to "grab a 
small image -- the smaller the better -- and use it to do an install 
which can give you a local root account which can further be used to 
install what ever else is needed. And which allows basic network tests 
as it is".

[*] And I rely this affirmation on the questions received on #centos.