[Linux-aus] LA's SFD CD Run

Andrew Cowie andrew at operationaldynamics.com
Tue Aug 25 20:01:52 EST 2009

On Tue, 2009-08-25 at 15:21 +1000, Michael Still wrote:
> Sure. I already said I was settling on CD-R as a reasonable alternative 
> to my actual everyone-should-download-it-themselves stance.

I suppose the other factor [besides bandwidth & availability, which
admittedly is pretty good if you're talking about the streets of, say,
Melbourne] is that "here, boot this" is a lot more palatable than "go to
this URL, download .iso and burn a CD of it, then boot it" (especially
if one's experience of burning CDs is, at best, copying someone else's
music CDs).

But other than "here, this is bootable", I must admit I'm not that in to
[the cost of producing and then] handing out CDs. I tend to think that
the number of people who are going to realize what booting means (as
opposed to "put this in your drive and install the software you find
there!") is low. Perhaps I'm wrong, but we've all been there, done that,
you know?

Heh. What we really need is "got your laptop? Great! Here, just plug
$this cable into mine, and ZAAAAAAAP now you're running Linux. Isn't
that great? We told you the GPL was viral."



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