Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 323911
FutureFeature request to revive CD ISOs for install
Last modified: 2014-03-16 23:08:54 EDT
Description of problem:
This is not a bug, this is a FutureFeature request.
I am hoping to revive the CD ISO distribution in future releases. I do
understand there are workarounds for using a DVD iso and will use those
workarounds if I have to.
With the release of Fedora 7, I find myself a little stuck. I am probably a
minority of users, but I support a handful of computers that all suffer in the
same category. All of them are old crummy hardware with only dialup connections.
In the past, the way I managed to upgrade these systems was to have someone with
bandwidth mail me a set of CDs. I then upgraded each of these in place and ran
yum updates at night for days on end to get them up to date. This leaves you
with a working system from the start and eventually gets you a working/fully
Since the hardware is pretty old, none of these have DVD drives. In fact, a few
of them are probably worth less than the cost of a DVD drive.
All of these computers are in rural areas where dialup is the one and only
choice. (Ok, I could get satellite, but with fair use policies, I still could
not download the DVD ISO.) Since I cannot import the data on disk, this means I
have to download the releases over dialup. At the current rate, I am expecting
this to take almost a month to download via bittorrent -- using phone lines only
I realize I could use the Live CD, but I suspect the live CD upgrade over dialup
would be more intrusive to both the voice line and the computer than a gradual
download of the DVD iso.
I do not pretend to know how much of a pain it is to manage the CD ISO
distribution. I am sure it is easier to manage/maintain a single DVD than to
split things into multiple CD packages. If this is a royal pain, feel free to
tell me to join the 21st century and upgrade hardware.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
This applies to all releases from F7 on up
Steps to Reproduce:
1. go to http://torrent.fedoraproject.org/
2. look for CD ISOs
No ISOs are there.
Created attachment 220221 [details]
bittorrent download in progress
At this point, it's a bit late for F8.
I suspected I was too late for F8. Is this even a feasible request? I
understand I am probably a tiny slice of the Fedora target market and I cannot
really say I know how much of a pain it is to split packages into multiple CDs.
If this is not feasible, I understand.
Unfortunately it's probably feasible. It looks like per Fedora Board direction
will be re-introducing CD media in F9.
Pungi set to do CD isos for Fedora 9.