#384: Change primary Workstation downloadable to Fedora Media Writer
Reporter: eischmann | Owner: webmaster
Type: task | Status: new
Priority: blocker | Milestone: Fedora 24
Component: General | Keywords:
Blocked By: | Blocking:
We're working on F24 change to change the primary downloadable of
Workstation to Fedora Media Writer (formerly LiveUSB Creator):
We need assistance from the websites team because the change requires
changes on the download website:
1) Based on the user agent Windows users should be offered an exe file
of FMW (Dennis is currently figuring out location for it).
2) For them, we should alter the website and explain what FMW is
instead of "What is a Live image"? We should still keep ISOs in Other
downloads for those we do want to download an ISO.
3) For everyone else (Linux, Mac,...), we should still offer an ISO,
but instead of general "To use this image, you need a drive that can
create or "burn" DVDs, or a USB flash drive at least as big as the
image." we should point them to FMW, probably linking
How_to_create_and_use_Live_USB which we will change to describe FMW.
Answers to additional questions asked by robyduck in email conversations:
Do you want to let people download a software to get a Fedora image
instead of a simple download link of the iso?[[BR]]
Yes, that's the idea. Especially on other platforms (Windows, Mac), it's
hard to find a tool that can reliably write Fedora on a USB drive. So
instead of downloading an ISO, Windows users will download a tool that
will let them download it and write it on a USB drive.
Mostly for win users?[[BR]]
Only for Windows users in F24 release cycle. We planned the same for Mac
users, but the Mac port won't be finished on time. If there is a standard
cross-distro installation format (e.g. xdg-app) in the future, we may
consider it for Linux users, too, but not for F24.
What about spins, labs, Server?[[BR]]
The Server working group decided not to use FMW as primary downloadable.
We also don't want to include spins and labs now. FMW allows you to
download Server, spins and labs, but spins and labs are in a list you need
to extend, so it may be confusing for users as primary downloadable. We
plan it only for Workstation now. Anyway, FMW should be at least mentioned
as the official way to write the ISO on download pages of other editions,
spins, and labs.
How will checksums work?[[BR]]
FMW checks checksums of ISOs it has downloaded before they're loaded to a
Where and who will provide documentation for the use of this
We will describe how to use the tool on the following wiki page once it's
official. We don't want to change the wiki page now when FMW is still not
Ticket URL: <https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-websites/ticket/384>
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