On Mon, Oct 27, 2003 at 12:12:05AM +0000, ops yop wrote: > Im one of the FreeBSD user and am so happy with with ur OS ,, but i > have a quesuion ,, i heard that there is an OS of FreeBSD has 56 CDs > ,, i mean a FreeBSD for Server consists of 56 CDs ,,, is that right ?? I don't know where you heard that, but it is completely wrong. 56 CDs worth, at 650Mb per CD comes out at about 35Gb. You can fit a FreeBSD system onto a less than 1Gb drive, although a 3 or 4Gb disk is about the minimum you would want to use if you want all the system sources, the ports tree, a reasonable number of ported applications and some space left over to actually work with.
35Gb sounds to me roughly like what it would take to build an archive of all of the distfiles of all of the ports in the tree, or maybe all of the precompiled packages built out of those sources for all contemporary versions of FreeBSD available -- ie. the amount of disk space required to host a mirror of the ftp.freebsd.org site. If anyone attempted to make such a thing available on CD -- first, they'd be crazy to try and sell it on CD Rom: DVD would be a much better idea nowadays, and -- secondly: it would be out of date before they could get the disks pressed, let alone sell them. Much better to just download the files as needed from the Internet. Cheers, Matthew -- Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil. 26 The Paddocks Savill Way PGP: http://www.infracaninophile.co.uk/pgpkey Marlow Tel: +44 1628 476614 Bucks., SL7 1TH UK
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