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Old 01-26-2009, 08:38 AM   #1
prabhatsoni
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Updated fedora iso images


Hello folks,

It is basically academic but utility driven question.
We are normally downloading fedora core iso install-images (dvd) from internet and installing. Once we install a particular fedora (say fc10 as of now) we are regularly using yum to upgrade many security fixes and bug fixes. Otherwise also there are regular updates of many packages.
I was curious that it would be immensely useful if the iso image itself is updated regularly so that later entrants would download the iso install-image which has all the updates incorporated in it.This would obviate the necessity of updating the software for someone who has entered later in the day.

What say ya ?

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Old 01-26-2009, 09:15 AM   #2
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I am guessing this is possible to do, but compiling, managing and distributing all those different versions of full sized DVD .isos isn't gunna be fun for anybody. Then consider it's 2.7GB a pop for a revision, if you do it say monthly that's 12 revisions a year... so each year that's about 35GB of space taken up. Also given that FCs come out about every 6 months, it's generally just not worth going down that route in my opinion.

I might instead suggest maybe going into a PXE solution that places a cron job by default for a yum update at say noon or running yum update as background process in the rc.3 folder. I can't say I know how to set-up a PXE server to do this, but I have alot of experience with installing servers via PXE. I may point out, you could have an on-site repository that all the machines on the network point to, instead of having xx numbers of the same downloads going to the official repositories. That is I am guessing this is all on the same network. Then the on-site repository just downloads the latest updates from the official repositories on a daily basis. I believe this is all possible as I am suggesting this, but don't know the actual procedures to setting it up.

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Old 01-27-2009, 01:09 AM   #3
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Updated install dvd images are available as re-spins, but they are not from official fedora people.
What I was referring to was perhaps the fedora people should keep only one dvd image on their website but this dvd image should be updated say monthly, so that any one who decides to upgrade later in the day will have an updated system.

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