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Old 19th June 2010
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Default FreeBSD 8.1-RC1 Available...

From http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/f...ne/057320.html

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The first Release Candidate for the FreeBSD 8.1 release cycle is now
available for amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, and sparc64 architectures.
Files suitable for creating installation media or doing FTP based
installs through the network should be available on most of the
FreeBSD mirror sites. Checksums for the images are at the bottom
of this message.

For the amd64 and i386 architectures the DVD images have a preliminary
set of packages in the ISO files. Unfortunately due to some limitations
of the FTP mirroring system we are limited to images no larger than 2Gb
so the packages available on the installation media is limited (almost
down to just gnome/kde). We will work to remove that limitation but
that won't happen before 8.1 is to become available.
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Old 20th June 2010
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Shouldnt the whole size be decreased as much as possible? Why "burn" (permanently) an image of software that will be out of date with in months, if not less?

Save CD/DVDs, bandwidth and time by leaving users to choose the packages they want when the get their basic OS setup, and leave in only packages which are good for nice and smooth installation and GUI for those who need it.
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The only time using the packages on disk is really worth while is right near the release, or when you desperately need something from it. My old SOP used to be to do a custom install of FreeBSD, than add the cvsup package via sysinstall before going to work on "Pre-boot" configuration.

It's more practical to grab KDE/Gnome from ports or pkg_add, in most cases. There's just not that many tools on the disk sets, outside of the base, that are gonna help you paddle down !@#$ creek.
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Shouldnt the whole size be decreased as much as possible? Why "burn" (permanently) an image of software that will be out of date with in months, if not less?

Save CD/DVDs, bandwidth and time by leaving users to choose the packages they want when the get their basic OS setup, and leave in only packages which are good for nice and smooth installation and GUI for those who need it.
That's why disc1 exists. It contains all the usual FreeBSD distributions (base system, GENERIC kernel, man/info pages, profiling libraries, etc.) The only packages available are the documentation (handbook, FAQ, etc.)
This has been the case since 8.0 (or 7.2, don't remember).
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You can just use $any CD to install $any FreeBSD version assuming you don't want fancy stuff such as ZFS, gmirror, etc. Just change the release name in the options in sysinstall and presto! your FreeBSD-6.0-RELEASE CD has just been upgraded to FreeBSD-8.1-RELEASE
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