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Debian Wheezy To Take Up 73 CDs Or 11 DVDs

Debian

Published on 10 July 2012 10:59 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Debian
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Aside from bringing up the successor to Debian 7.0 Wheezy and Debian's plans for UEFI SecureBoot support, Debian developers in Managua also discussed on Monday the size of this next Debian release and other release plans.

Below are some of the most interesting notes from the Monday session in Managua, Nicaragua concerning the "Debian CD" for the 7.0 Wheezy release from DebConf 12.

- There's a release goal to compress packages using XZ rather than Gzip. Debian developers have found packages to be about 20% smaller when using XZ rather than Gzip. Compressing XZ packages does take significantly longer than Gzip, but when it comes to extracting the archive the time isn't noticeably longer nor is the memory usage up greatly. (On a semi-related note, it was with Fedora 15 they began compressing live images using XZ to save space.)

- It looks like for having the full Debian Wheezy archive on install media it will take 11 DVDs or 73 CDs! That's per-architecture and they look to do these ISO spins for all the main architectures: i386, amd64/x86_64, and the source packages. Other architectures will only have the first three ISOs be pressed and then Jigdo for the rest.

- They're also running out of room to fit all of Debian onto a dual-layer Blu-ray. Wheezy might end up being a dual-layer Blu-ray plus one CD.

- Debian developers are looking at what to do about the exploding size of these ISO images and coming to a reduced set of images.

- Frequent Debian Live builds are coming soon and in a regular manner, using the same build machine as the rest of Debian.

- There's talk of making USB thumb/flash drives the primary install medium.

- There's a plan to drop the "business card CD images" of Debian since they're rarely (if ever) used and tested.

- There's a need for better statistics about Debian installations, either by extending Popcon, sanctioning a Debian installation survey, or taking other measures.

Debian Wheezy To Take Up 73 CDs Or 11 DVDs

For a size comparison, Debian 6.0.5 "Squeeze" in the 64-bit flavor takes up 53 CDs or 8 DVDs. So the Debian Wheezy archive has grown by 20 CDs / 3 DVDs in less than two years.

Debian 7.0 "Wheezy" should be officially released in early 2013. In addition to Debian GNU/Linux, there will also be a Wheezy release of Debian GNU/kFreeBSD.

Let's hope that Wheezy's sucessor, which might be Debian Zurg or Debian Shark, won't break the 100 CD count...

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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