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Re: Ylmf OS - interesting development

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____/ Mark Kent on Monday 04 Jan 2010 18:50 : \____

> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> ____/ JeffM on Sunday 03 Jan 2010 22:56 : \____
>>>>>JeffM wrote:
>>>>>Mint[...]has boot-to-a-desktop CDs (eat it, M$)
>>>>>for a *EACH* of a range of DEs (GNOME, KDE, Xfce, Fluxbox).
>>>>>Mint[...]LXDE [not ready]
>>>>>an Ubuntu-based LXDE distro is in advanced beta.
>>>>>Lubuntu [not ready]
>>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>>>Why not just install LXDE on vanilla Ubuntu?
>>> My point was all about advocacy and boot-to-a-desktop CDs
>>> which allow folks to test drive various distro/DE combos
>>> and see for themselves how those look/handle
>>> **without installing anything**.
>> Especially important in rural areas in Africa where even installing the GIMP
>> can be a handful. Broadband speeds are /still/ an issue to many (which is
>> why one download of a distro may mean a lot of /installations/).
> There's a lot of bandwidth on a DVD.  A DVD by first-class post,
> assuming 24 hours for delivery, a 5Gigbyte DVD represents a transmission
> rate of ~460kbit/s, which is probably more than most ADSL users get.  A
> DVD-18 (17G) is clearly just over 3 times that, so is about equivalent
> to 1.5Mbit/s, which is way outside what a typical ADSL user would get.
> (don't forget to multiply by 8 for the byte->bit conversion).
> That said, I can't think of a distro which would need 17G, but if one
> were to put multiple distros on?
> Also, a DVD can be shared, thus effectively increasing its transfer rate
> by 100% every time it gets passed on.  Assuming one is using FOSS of
> course, otherwise, well, it can't be shared.  Probably.
>>> My "eat it, M$" chide
>>> was about Redmond's inability to do anything approaching this.
>>> I've never farted around with e.g. BartPE
>>> but my understanding is that (because of the Windoze Registry)
>>> it has to be built for a specific box
>>> and won't work when booted on a different box.
>> BarfPEE [sic] is another case of catchup. Then there's the USB installer
>> for Vista 7 [sic], which was GPL software that Microsoft used illegally.
> Now there's a surprise.

Plurk was probably worse. They pulled their code illegally and might still
be sued for damages (they probably try to keep a settlement secret at the moment,
for PR reasons).

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