[tex-live] TeXLive-CD/DVD (Installation)

Karl Berry karl at freefriends.org
Tue Sep 9 00:55:10 CEST 2008

Hi Harald,

    you did it again (and this time even worse): 

"We" are volunteers, just like you.  Time is always limited.

I sent out a message towards the end of the release process, asking if
anyone wanted to optimize the ISO, even providing pointers.  No takers.
So it is what it is.

    and does not (additionally) provide zip files for fast installation.

There was not enough room on the physical DVD.

    even worse in 2008: you don't provide any install-only iso image

There was no reason to create it since it wasn't getting burned
anywhere.  Life is short.  Each image is a nontrivial project to create
(and nontrivial bandwidth to distribute).  I am already doing tarballs
in addition to the iso for the distro guys.  That was all I could

    - creating a DVD-size iso image with zip files ?
    - creating a DVD image with both live tree and additional zip files ?
    the current situation is _very_ suboptimal IMHO...

Since it is suboptimal for you, maybe you would like to help.  If you
make a better optimized ISO, or a DVD image with the zip files (actually
lzma), then I will certainly be very happy to prominently mention it on
the TL web pages / documentation.


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