Please split off src.rpms into own DVD

Axel Thimm Axel.Thimm at
Wed Sep 29 10:29:34 UTC 2004

On Wed, Sep 29, 2004 at 11:27:18AM +0200, Matthias Saou wrote:
> Axel Thimm wrote :
> > Why not provide a DVD for binaries and one for source rpms? I doubt
> > the demand for src.rpms is even remotely comparable to that for the
> > binary DVD, and you get
> > 
> > o less traffic on the Red Hat/Fedora mirrors, as users will only
> >   download half a DVD (well, not half, but you get the idea).
> > o less space wasted (one src.rpm DVD for all archs would be
> >   sufficient, even if not all src.rpm can be built on all archs).
> > o Developers don't need to feel the damoclean sword chopping over
> >   their heads, if they intend to add something bigger to the
> >   distribution.
> > 
> > Castrating the distribution (like throwing out kernel-sourcecode) or
> > not accepting new packages due to DVD size constraints looks quite
> > wrong to me.
> I kind of like the idea of having "one media to contain'em all" :-)
> For both Fedora Core 1 & 2, I've always been going around with a single DVD
> in my laptop case, on which I have everything to make new installs, rescue,
> and also check the source and report packaging bugs more easily ;-)
> Until recently, having all binary and source packages made sense since the
> size limit of a DVD was still a reasonable one... if it can stay that way
> for FC3, as it is the case for i386, it would be great, and that seems to
> be where it's headed. Only the x86_64 DVD image is too big, and by so
> little that it shouldn't be hard to fix.
> I think this issue should be discussed again post-FC3's release, when
> general brainstorming for FC4's goals begins ;-)

I'm not proposing this for FC3, the release date is far to near! But
it should already be a topic, otherwise we will see too much
castration due to silly media constraints ("let's drop xemacs, we
already have similar functionality in emacs, and xemacs is eating too
much DVD space").
Axel.Thimm at
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