[nSLUG] Finding linux products and software

Michael Gillie mikegpc at gmail.com
Fri Apr 13 09:38:18 ADT 2007

I was looking at Debian 4... MY LORD!!! The sheer number of CD's required is
out of this world!!!! Can you point me in the direction of a SOLID Debian
with a small number of installation disks, yet loaded with programs??

On 4/13/07, D G Teed <donald.teed at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 4/13/07, Ben Armstrong <synrg at sanctuary.nslug.ns.ca> wrote:
> >
> >
> > <shameless plug for my own project>
> >
> > This is something I feel strongly about.  That's why I'm involved with
> > the Debian-custom project which aims to make "Custom Debian
> > Distributions" (CDDs[1]) that are entirely *within* Debian and not
> > forks,
> > of which my Debian Jr.[2] project is one example.  This is also why I'm
> > very excited about the Debian-live[3] project which allows the Jr.
> > project
> > to make "pure Debian" live CDs[4] tailored to suit our needs.
> >
> Yes, there is a difference between Debian based and Debian
> derived.  With "derived" you can't rely on installing packages from
> standard Debian .deb packages and repositories.  With "based", you
> are building on capabilities of Debian and maintain all of the benefits.
> This is what I find deceiving about products like Xandros which mention
> the goodness of Debian and imply you will get thousands of packages,
> which simply isn't true if any package touches the KDE and other
> dependencies.
> If we have a repeat of the kernel frozen in the Debian installer, I'd like
> to see something like an installer project to push things along.  I don't
> think Debian devs realize how much this issue impacts site adoption.
> It certainly did at my workplace, and I can see it happening in many
> corporate environments.
> It is a pretty blunt evaluation process: the CD based installer can't
> see the disks, move on to the next distro candidate.
> The next candidate can see the installer target disks?
> Oh, that's a good candidate of Linux for us!
> --Donald
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