Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 557958
F12 Final - ppc - LiveCD Desktop Spin Too Large for CD
Last modified: 2010-12-03 18:57:47 EST
Description of problem:
The LiveCD spun by current ppc spin-kickstart is 713mb, which is too large to fit on a regular CD-R
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. run command "livecd-creator -c /usr/share/spin-kickstarts/fedora-livecd-desktop.ks -f Fedora-12-ppc-Live"
2. Attempt to burn resulting iso to CD-R
Iso is too large to fit on CD-r 713mb
ISO created should be around 701 - 703mb
For Fedora 13, I believe the size limit has increased to 1GB, on the assumption that people have USB and DVD media available. (So this might never be fixed.)
Fedora Bugzappers volunteer triage team
(In reply to comment #1)
> For Fedora 13, I believe the size limit has increased to 1GB, on the assumption
> that people have USB and DVD media available. (So this might never be fixed.)
> Fedora Bugzappers volunteer triage team
This is a poor assumption IMHO -- The PowerBook G4 and G3 laptops and desktops were manufactured in the late 1990s and early 2000's. The option of a DVD drive was a luxury, let alone an expensive DVD Writer (Superdrives). Even if you could connect a DVD via the USB, early version of Open Firmware would not boot from USB.
Well, I suppose you can also do a network install, or use revisor to make your own ISO that will fit on a CD, using only the packages you actually need.
I don't know where this decision was made; this is just what I've read when others have reported the same problem.
Network install is broken for my 800mhz G4 Powerbook, which is why I need to make a respin in the first place. The DHCP doesn't obtain an IP, and anaconda hangs. In essence, there is a paradox here wherein I need one to make or install one or the other but I cannot because it doesn't work in the first place.
If there is a ticket regarding the final size of the liveCDs and there is still a chance to change their decision, please let me know.
I've sent a message asking for info on who made the decision and why.
In the meantime...if you only need to run a LiveCD distribution in order to make a custom spin, you might try a different spin, like the KDE one.
I'm hoping it's not a hardware problem that is preventing you from doing the network install. If it's a bug in the Fedora 12 Anaconda, you might get lucky with the Fedora 11 installer, which I believe lets you choose a later version. I was going to suggest trying Fedora 13 Alpha, but it appears there is no ppc build as of yet.
I have received word that the decision was made on the desktop mailing list, and so that Open Office could be included. It applies so far only to the desktop spin. See e.g.: http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/desktop/2009-November/005640.html
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