Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Tue 5th Aug 2008 19:14 UTC, submitted by AdamW
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris Jack Wallen of TechRepublic tried the Mandriva 2008 Spring and his verdict is "Mandriva Spring 2008 Live CD better than most other distributions fully installed." He claims that "This is, without a doubt, the finest release of any Linux distribution I have ever experienced in my 10+ years of using Linux."
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fsckit
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2006-09-24

I'm well aware of this. Just because it "can" be configured to do so, does not mean that is the standard way of doing so, or even a common way. My home workstation has 1GB of RAM and nearly every livecd that I've tried the load to RAM option on fails miserably. Except DSL, which can load on nearly anything recent.

The point is, a fracking installer should never ever ever ever need over 1GB of RAM.

I'm also aware that Mandriva and others provide install only cd sets. Again, just because it's one way to go does not mean it's common. My days of burning 3 to 6 CDs for a Linux install are over.

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AdamW Member since:
2005-07-06

There's a single DVD option. Or the mini ISO, which provides a basic package set on a single CD, and you can add to it with urpmi. Or you can do a network install from the 11MB boot.iso. Lots of options.

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rockwell Member since:
2005-09-13

//The point is, a fracking installer should never ever ever ever need over 1GB of RAM. //

Why the hell not? What else would you be doing during an install, but installing the OS? WTF if it takes up even 4 GB during the install? 99.9999% of users would care less.

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DeadFishMan Member since:
2006-01-09

//The point is, a fracking installer should never ever ever ever need over 1GB of RAM. //

Why the hell not? What else would you be doing during an install, but installing the OS? WTF if it takes up even 4 GB during the install? 99.9999% of users would care less.


I believe that the parent poster meant that no installer on this Earth should EVER require such amount of resources to perform a freaking install(!). While I will concede that few machines - if any - are sold with less than 512 Mb of RAM these days, there was a time that one could use a graphic installer with as little as 128 Mb of RAM and distros like Slackware still use the good old text-based installer that will run on even less powerful machines and get the job done the same way. It also reminds me that the Windows XP installation procedure on a brand new machine is text-based to a certain extent and the GUI installer that comes after that doesn't really need such horsepower to run (actually, it will work on pretty modest machines - credit should be given where credit is due).

Go ahead and tell me that I'm not following the times but it wasn't that long ago that early Ubuntu releases were using the old Debian ncurses installer (2004-2005?) but were still praised as a God gift and many still managed to get it installed easily.

I like the approach that many distros have been taking lately: use the Live CD as a demo that can also work as an installer but also offer the proper installer that works regardless of the Live CD option during boot...

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