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    Default Debian Wheezy To Take Up 73 CDs Or 11 DVDs

    Phoronix: Debian Wheezy To Take Up 73 CDs or 11 DVDs

    Aside from bringing up the successor to Debian 7.0 Wheezy and Debian's plans for UEFI SecureBoot support, Debian developers in Managua also discussed on Monday the size of this next Debian release and other release plans...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTEzNzA

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    just to show the user unfriendliness of debian. it's the only major distro that does not have a single install disk. it's either netinstall, which has to pull the intall content from the internet or multiple disks. the only sane option is to use debian live which does come as a single disk

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    Quote Originally Posted by garegin View Post
    just to show the user unfriendliness of debian. it's the only major distro that does not have a single install disk. it's either netinstall, which has to pull the intall content from the internet or multiple disks. the only sane option is to use debian live which does come as a single disk
    Nonsense. They have single discs for installation. One for every DE, only XFCE and LXDE are on the same medium.

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    No floppys?!?

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    Debian developers have found packages to be about 20% smaller when using XZ rather than Gzip.
    That's a serious understatement.

    Except for things which are not compressible (like PNG/JPG/GIF/already compressed data), XZ can easily beat GZIP tenfold (gzip has a 32KByte dictionary, XZ's dictionary is only limited by available RAM - Fedora uses 64MB dictionary if I'm not mistaken).

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    The 20% is probably for the average package containing both uncompressed and compressed data. Besides the compressed files often taks up more space than non-compressed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdie View Post
    Except for things which are not compressible (like PNG/JPG/GIF/already compressed data), XZ can easily beat GZIP tenfold (gzip has a 32KByte dictionary, XZ's dictionary is only limited by available RAM - Fedora uses 64MB dictionary if I'm not mistaken).
    That dictionary has to be in RAM. So 64mb dictionary -> at least 64mb required to compress and decompress. Pray tell, how do you then install on a machine with 64mb ram, or even 128?

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    By the time you've finished downloading and burning all those discs, half of the packages contained within are outdated.

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    Who could possibly need ALL of it? And how many Library of congress units is that installed?

    Can you even install everything? I've run into a few things that remove other things in the 1st party repos for Ubuntu and Fedora.

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    Quote Originally Posted by disi View Post
    No floppys?!?
    I'd say you'd need about 3,000 floppies for it all ...eek!

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