Some Ideas About Fedora 14 Media

Liang Suilong liangsuilong at
Wed Apr 28 07:06:25 UTC 2010

Hi, all.

Fedora 13 Desktop Spin would target to 1GB LiveDVD. But at last desktop team
decided to return to 700MB CD size. It means that we should give up and GIMP by default. It looks quite sad. Looking at, I seem to find out some ideas.

Broffice suite and GIMP are installed in by default,
nevertheless, broffice spin gives up many locale files. Broffice just only
support English, Spanish and Portuguese. So does desktop spin follow this
method? Deskop spin contains OOo and GIMP, but it should remove most of
GNOME locale files and OOo langpack. Then desktop spin can keep 700MB CD

How can we download langpack file? Yum-langpacks seems to be the best
solution. When we choose some language in system-config-lanage,
yum-langpacks can download langpack of GNOME, KDE and OOo and some fonts we
need and IME for that language. Anaconda also can run this plugin in
%post-install so that it can fetch language pack and IME from remote

But We can not ignore that separating langpack from GNOME is a great job.
Packaging langpack like kde-l10n-* and language-pack-* in Ubuntu needs a lot
of packager to do it.

Better experience: Live/Install Hybrid DVD
Looking at install DVD, it looks too old. To add a Livesystem on DVD media
can improve user experience. However, unlike Anaconda on install media,
Anaconda on live system can not load a repository on media or a remote
repository. That's a great problem.

Just hope these suggestions can help Fedora community, I wish that Fedora 14
would have a better installation experience.

Liang Suilong

Fedora && Debian User, former Ubuntu User
My Page:
Fedora Project Contributor -- Packager && Ambassador
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