F19 DVD over size - what to drop?
jreiser at bitwagon.com
Thu May 2 14:15:27 UTC 2013
On 05/01/2013 06:37 PM, Pádraig Brady wrote:
> Why are we tied to DVD-5, 4.7GB (4.3GiB) at all?
> Do we distribute DVDs?
Yes. Check with Fedora Ambassadors in EMEA.
> If so couldn't we use a newer DVD standard?
That would reduce coverage significantly.
The de facto standard (what "customers" have)
is what was prevalent in the first world 5 to 7 years ago;
which omits 8.5GB DVD (DVD/DL).
> I can't see any users wanting to burn DVDs
> rather than using USB sticks etc.
I burn DVDs. I use them. I use USB flash memory, too,
but DVDs have advantages for some of my uses:
- DVD can be labeled with a marking pen
- burning 16X DVD+R is faster than livecd-iso-to-disk to USB flash memory
- keeping track of 10 DVD (different contents) is not a problem
- DVD is much less likely to be overwritten (DVD+R "never")
- DVD is incrementally less expensive (the next 16X DVD+R is $0.25 to $0.40;
4X DVD+RW is $0.40 to $0.60; 8GB USB flash memory with >= 5MB/s average
during an install is $9)
- DVD is inexpensive to give away
- DVD collection of releases is useful for archive and support
- DVD+R lasts >= 10 years; USB flash tends to fail (bit errors)
in 7 to 8 years.
- I still support hardware that cannot boot directly from USB.
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