Leaning toward dropping the limit

You may have thought I had dropped off the face of the earth — cause for celebration for some, I willfully admit, and a cause of woe to others (thanks, guys) — but as I may have mentioned before, I usually have a hard and fast rule about writing blog items (well, two hard and fast rules): I only write something when I have something to say (and the second rule is: Make it at least marginally interesting).

Anyway, there has been a discussion on CrunchBang’s never-to-be-outdone, outstanding forums lately about whether we should pitch the 700 MB limit that would fit on a CD and go larger — how much larger remains to be seen (but I can’t imagine it would be much larger) — using USB sticks as the primary medium for installation instead of CDs.

To be fair, I have commented on the forum to raise the possibility that having a CD-sized image could be handy for those who don’t have access to USB sticks and/or DVD burners. I am not thinking of me, of course — like Corenominal, I haven’t installed anything using a self-made CD for quite some time, and I’ve opted for making a bootable USB stick ever since I stopped with the CDs — but there may be others for whom burning a CD may be easier than getting a USB stick. That’s just one argument for keeping the size the same, though it seems to be a minority viewpoint.

[As an aside, too, it’s great to see Philip raise a question and step aside and let the CrunchBang community thrash-and-hash it out. To its credit, the community is always very civil about the debate, and kudos all around for that.]

But for me, I am fine with a larger image to be used on USB sticks, and one of the several advantages to add to the speed and convenience having a stick provides, it is also a much “greener” solution, environmentally speaking.

Naturally, it’s easier for me to burn live CDs for shows and expos where I exhibit CrunchBang, but the workaround is a simple one: Live DVDs would take the place of CDs, as well as having a laptop set up where the CrunchBang curious can get a USB stick made (as we did at Linux Fest Northwest).

So, Corenominal, if you were to ask me, I’d choose to forgo the 700-MB limit and make it larger if need be. Again, I’m open to continue discussing this here and on the forum, but that’s my proverbial two cents.

(Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research, a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment.)

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