[Fedora-spins] Where are the remaining F19 spins?

Kevin Fenzi kevin at scrye.com
Mon May 13 17:41:34 UTC 2013


On Mon, 13 May 2013 13:24:26 -0400
John.Florian at dart.biz wrote:

> > From: Dennis Gilmore <dennis at ausil.us>
> > Perhaps the question we really need to ask is how should we deploy
> > and install Fedora, Which is not something we can change or solve
> > for f19 or probably even f20.  An idea that comes to mind is to
> > have package selections and post install config tasks ship as
> > kickstart snippets with the DVD.  we then use grub/syslinux to
> > present a menu to the users to have different frameworks that
> > resemble the spins the kickstart is fed to anaconda then at boot
> > time or anaconda gives you the option to select them. 
> 
> I think the Fedora Formulas that Kevin proposed are the ideal
> replacement for spins.
> https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_formulas

Sadly, I don't think so. 

They are cool and useful and worth persuing (If I can find some time
to), but I don't think they can completely replace spins. 

Some uses of spins that don't map well to formulas: 

* Security lab spin being used to examine compromised images. You want
  your thing to be a read only medium. 

* Desktops browsing. You may well want to boot the LXDE spin and play
  around with it and decide it's not for you and move on without
  installing anything. Of course you could install, test and remove,
  but some people prefer to decide up front. 

* Base thing to run formulas on. You need some desktop/install/media
  whatever to run the formulas on, so you always need some way to do
  that initial install. 

* Taking a live image and booting 20 lab machines so you can run a
  class, then shut down and no changes were made to the machines. 

(There's probibly others). 

kevin
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