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Offer remastered isos for released versions every N months

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Offer remastered isos for released versions every N months - with sane N being in range (6..12)

Remastering has been done once for 10.1: http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-announce/2006-10/msg00001.html

cons:

methods to make current factory.iso might not work for older releases

if isos shall be officially supported, some installation testing is needed (for N>3, a determined individual (e.g. me) could easily do that)

Alternatives: Kiwi, SUSE Studio - but those lack GM templates and are not as easy-to-use for that purpose for a user from the general public

keywords: remastered, respin, servicepack, slipstream

User benefit:

openSUSE GM isos are usually released with dozens of known issues and hundreds of unknown issues for which later updates are released.

https://features.opensuse.org/308284

http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-security-announce/2008-08/msg00004.html

http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-security-announce/2008-12/msg00004.html

http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-security-announce/2009-11/msg00008.html

pro:

allows installations in cases where bugs in original network/IDE/SATA/graphics driver prevented easy installation+update

allows to cleanup other ugly installation issues like https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=556868

allows to easily install an updated system where no broadband internet connection is available

compared to current GM isos, such an DVD iso is better suited for user-archives after discontinuation, when updates become unavailable

hardly any extra work needed, as updates are already created and tested

existing image-creation mechanisms can be re-used

sort of the most bug-free openSUSE we can get

Relations

Usecase

User A wants to install a stable version of openSUSE on his father's computer, but since his father only has a modem connection, installing 100 MB of updates after installation to have a secure system is not possible.

So user A downloads openSUSE-11.1-DVD-remastered1-i586.iso over his broadband Internet connection, burns it and installs it, needing to fetch at most updates of the last N months over slow Internet.

Discussion


icons/user_comment.png V. O. wrote: (8 years ago)

I like this idea very much. Besides useful in the case given above (father's computer) when you need a reinstall after the original ISO has been released for a while, it saves background mega update when just after a reinstall and you are trying to use the computer. Just bittorrent the latest ISO when you have spare time and dont need the computer for a while. Or if your 'puter is kaput, ask a friend/colleague to do it for you!

Perhaps instead of an ISO release after every N months, it should be a release after X number updates, or even after Y MBytes of updates. Because in N months, there might not be many updates or the converse is "too many" updates.

icons/user_comment.png C. L. wrote: (8 years ago)

I also like this a lot. I usually install every other release in all computers in my lab, so by the end of the 1.5 year cycle, if I need to install a new machine, the download and installation of patches is painful.

Victor: I don't think it mathers if there were many patches (or few, which would be a first!), since the download would always consist of a DVD ISO image.

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