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Old 01-03-2006, 11:30 PM   #1
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A Multiple CD Distibution?


I am a seasoned Slackware user and am looking to try out other distros.

However, viewing SUSE, Mandriva and other common Distros, I see they all require multiple CDs (at least 5) to download (or one DVD).

As a satisfied Slackware user, that uses two CDs, I am wondering what is available on the Distros that make them so bloated?

Old 01-03-2006, 11:41 PM   #2
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Don't know as I never load up or even look at most of it.
I just download cd#1 and do a minimal install. From there, I can use yum to add a few other goodies.
At any rate, I keep it small so it matches my Adios or Berry livecd remasters.
Old 01-04-2006, 12:06 AM   #3
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Here's a hint: having a bunch of optional packages available for install but not required, DOES NOT EQUAL BLOAT. It's convenience.

Running a desktop and not doing development? If you install Postfix/sendmail/mysql/etc. you're an idiot if you complain about bloat. Why? It's optional and not required for the task at hand. However, having everything bundled on the install disk is very CONVENIENT because if you need a development workstation with server apps, development headers, and so forth, you can use the very same install disk that you would use for say, a thin client installation for a kiosk. What makes a system bloated is what you're running at startup. If you turn on all the eye candy and you have four or five database servers running plus apache and tomcat and a zillion other services you will never use, and 852 karamba widgets, then yeah, that'd be bloat - but you'd have only yourself to blame for configuring the machine like that.
Old 01-04-2006, 12:28 AM   #4
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Hey Kimvette,

Take it easy. I wasn't being critical of larger distros. I just wanted to know what packages are installed on the non-required CDs. You see, Slackware contains almost everything I need for development, server/client networking, desktops, etc. on only two CDs.

thanks for the reply,
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Debian is available on 14 CD's or 2 DVD's (if you really want to download all of that... ) you only need the first CD to complete a basic install with GUI. Alternately you can use the NetInstall iso which is around 100 MB in size, and will just download what you need to complete your install from the internet.

Debian GNU/Linux provides more than a pure OS: it comes with over 15490 packages, precompiled software bundled up in a nice format for easy installation on your machine.
I don't think any other distro has that many packages available precompiled and ready to install out of the box...

yet I can still install a basic barebones system using an .iso that is less than 100 MB in size.. so no it's not bloat it's a huge software library that's available for my convenience.

Nice thing about a NetInstall is it downloads and installs the current versions of everything so there is nothing left to update after the install is completed. (well unless you want a newer kernel image... ) I hate downloading a DVD or several CD's, completing an install then going back out and downloading another couple hundred MB of updates..


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