I'd been rsync'ing the slackware-current branch for months upon months, always getting the latest updates every single day, right up until Slackware 8.1 was released recently (so I had the ENTIRE Slackware 8.1 from the very day it was released). That's about 2 GB of files btw, and all over a dial-up connection. The ISO I generated from those files (based on the intructions in the isolinux directory) was flawless, and still boots up everytime.
But last week, when I upgraded my computer and re-installed Slackware 8.1, I COMPLETELY forgot to backup the slackware-current directory!!! All 2 GB of it vanished in the blink of an eye. Countless months of downloading, all down the drain as if it had never happened. I was so upset, I almost broke down into tears.
So instead of starting that insanely slow and long download again, I ordered the CD set
I figure it'll take less time for it to get to me than it would to download it, even up here in Canada.
If only I had access to DSL or cable modem...