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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


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.






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



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.


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.

Last change: 10 months ago
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