Sorry for late reply.
On Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:46:33 +0000 (UTC)
ScrumpyJack <scrumpyjack_at_me.com> wrote:
> Poking around the alpine ISO, there seems to be a healthy selection of
> packages in there geared toward the assumption that the user will be
> building a switch, a router, or a voip appliance, SIP or something
> This seems to show a bias towards network appliance building, and is the
> result of a choice in packages to include, and that choice implies a
> preference, or a bias. This would be fine if network appliances was all
> Alpine Linux was good for, but, of course Alpine Linux is much more
> than that.
> The obvious question is why exclude or omit this or that packages?
> In addition, that makes the ISO an edited version of the ever growing
> Alpine Repositories.
> To avoid this sort of limiting experience, or bias, or edited selection, I
> wonder if there is a use of a large Alpine Linux ISO build/distribution.
> At risk of sounding like a sales person, the alpine-mini ISO, which
> contains the essential packages to boot a basic operating environment,
> set up wired/wireless networking and an ssh server, allows the user enough
> to go find the exact packages she needs to build her environment and
> choose the software she'd like.
> In addition, it was pointed out to me that perhaps packages in an ISO
> might deter some from connecting to, or setting up, a repo, which has
> implications on keeping up to day with security patches.
> Would there be value in ceasing to provide the current Alpine Linux
> "standard" ISO, and replacing it with the Alpine Mini ISO (and dropping
> the mini label)?
I think you have good points.
I gave it a bit thought and realized that the bigger iso is for typical
live/diskless/tmpfs installs. I think this is the only reason for using
In all other setups I would think that the alpine-mini.iso would be to
But to avoid confusion. I would like to avoid re-use the alpine.iso
name. (also, why do we call it alpine.iso and not alpine-linux.iso?)
So what i think would make more sense would be to rename
alpine-mini.iso to alpine-bootonly.iso (or maybe
alpine-linux-bootonly.iso) and alpine.iso to alpine-livecd.iso (or
alpine-linux-livecd.iso) or similar.
I do think it makes sense to promote the alpine-mini or alpine-bootonly
iso on the frontpage instead of the bloated image.
Does anyone else have better ideas?
Received on Tue Aug 18 2015 - 14:20:13 GMT