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Jul 22, 2009, 13:33 (0 Talkback[s])


Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers

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Original blog post at: http://on-disk.com/cms/index.php?wiki=Entry-2009-07-20_17-14-05

We have been creating updated editions of various Linux operating systems for several months now.

Often, when I would create the updated edition, before the end of the month so many new updates came out that customers would still need to apply several updates after installing. Of course it wasn't nearly as bad as applying all the updates since the release, but it still wasn't quite as good as I would have liked.

Optimally a completely up-to-date disc could be used which would completely eliminate the need to apply updates when installed. Of course this is what every one of us dreams of when installing an OS, but when considering the time element involved at a Linux Install-Fest, or when installing on several computers...this is where it would be ultra-ideal.

There are many Linux distributions that have a "Daily Build" of their unstable version under development, but not of the current stable release. At least not without using some sort of custom build script that would need to build an installation ISO pretty much from scratch. But the daily build model applied to the current release seemed the best option, however when faced with downloading 329,000GB per year per item, and looking at doing 6 versions within a months time suddenly we are looking at downloading 1,974,000GB per year, which was just way to much to be comfortable comitting to.

The solution would be to keep a complete build and repository on hand, and download only the updates on a daily basis, which was similar to what we were already doing with the Updated Editions.

We are now able to ship a completely updated versions every day. There might be an update or two released before arriving in the mail, but you are assured that it is the most up-to-date installation media possible.

A Wiki page for the "Always Up TO Date" versions has been created: http://on-disk.com/cms/index.php?wiki=Always_Up_To_Date

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