The future of optical media within the project.

Jesse Keating jkeating at
Thu Jan 13 02:05:04 UTC 2011

On 1/12/11 5:05 PM, Jon Masters wrote:
> On Wed, 2011-01-12 at 19:10 +0100, Ralf Corsepius wrote:
>> On 01/12/2011 06:43 PM, Máirín Duffy wrote:
>>> On Wed, 2011-01-12 at 17:34 +0000, "Jóhann B. Guðmundsson" wrote:
>>>> I'm just wondering if the board has discussed the future of optical
>>>> media with in the project and perhaps set any dates/releases where we
>>>> plan to no longer support them.
>>>> This is just intended to get the discussion going and the pros and cons
>>>> of continuing to distribute cd/dvd sized images as opposed to ( larger )
>>>> images targeted against USB flash drives.
>>> A big pro to abandoning CD size images for the default install is the
>>> option of including more languages than just English...
>> A con would be loosing all machines which don't have a DVD reader and 
>> which can't boot from USB.
> Another con would be people living outside of North America, Western
> Europe, and parts of Asia (also known as the "rest of the world")
> getting access to distribution bits. In theory[0], it is possible to
> give someone a DVD today who might otherwise only have dialup access, or
> might pay a lot to download data, even over a modern cell network. And
> even in the US, there are still many regions without broadband.
> Jon.
> [0] Excessively excessive update churn rate not withstanding.

I don't follow.  The proposal seems to be raising the iso size to DVD
size only, which you then say a con would be losing a lot of people.
Then you say in theory you could give somebody a DVD since they don't
have broadband.  Confused?

We're not taking away DVD sized images...

Jesse Keating
Fedora -- Freedom² is a feature!

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