On 01/05/2012 05:58 PM, Ed Heron wrote: > On Thu, 2012-01-05 at 15:05 +0000, Karanbir Singh wrote: >> ... >> Personally, I hate images. Provisioning from fresh is easy enough, fast >> enough and manageable enough that images are almost always either the >> wrong solution or a by-product requirement from a third party tool that >> does not understand provisioning ( hello, all those so-called-cloud >> solutions .. ) >> > I feel this way too. However, many people espousing imaging are so > adamant. I don't argue because it just isn't worth it. Whatever they > feel comfortable with as long as I'm not responsible for the result. It depends heavily on the ending result . If you just need a fresh machine, installing from fresh is ( was for me at least ) the fastest way. OTOH when you also have a ton of additional applications (maybe not all of them available as rpm packages) installed / configured... things might be different.