default media size [Was: Proposed F18 feature: MiniDebugInfo]

Glen Turner gdt at gdt.id.au
Sun May 13 02:53:07 UTC 2012


On 11/05/12 00:30, Adam Jackson wrote:
> So the set of people we'd be inconveniencing is exactly the set of
> people with no bandwidth and the inability to boot from anything larger
> than a CD.

The way forward for those cheap machines on cheap networks is to let
them boot from CD but to then pull most of the installation from USB
hard disk or flash.

I believe that this amounts to little more than a better description in
the documentation.

As for your question about numbers, the "high end"  machines coming
through my local "PCs for the poor" refurbisher (www.aspitech.com.au)
have DVD-ROM drives (ie, even those more expensive machines can't write
a DVD image, but can write a CD image). So this isn't only a third-world
issue, but one faced by anyone trying to get Linux running whilst on low
income.

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Glen Turner   www.gdt.id.au/~gdt


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