Incidentally, Redhat 6 can be installed from CDROM onto a Dell Workstation
610 in just under 6 minutes if all the options for setup are specified with
kickstart (it takes about 5 mins to install the rpm's the rest is config
Doesn't quite break the 5 minute barrier though, . . . .
5.2 did it in under 5 (4:37 on average if memory serves . . .)
From: Niall O Broin [mailto:nobroin at sced.esoc.esa.de]
Sent: 07 October 1999 13:02
To: ilug at linux.ie
Subject: Re: [ILUG] Distro wars - was myths and truths
> complex for it's own good. An install should take five minutes. Longer
> that, and you are either installing from tape, or it's crap.
Are we talking
a) five minutes elapsed time, power on with CD in drive -> working Linux
b) five minutes elapsed time, power on with CD in drive -> start of RPMs
c) five minutes of your time, to partition the disk, answer the mandatory
and not counting the dead time
If it's a) I'd love to know what you're installing it on, b) and I'd say
quick typist and you have a magical influence on mke2fs execution time, c)
say that's a specious kind of counting. I have to install Mandrake today on
little box (KIII 400, 40x CD) so I'll have the stopwatch on.
Niall O Broin
UNIX Network Administrator nobroin at esoc.esa.de
Ground Systems Engineering Department Ph./Fax +49 6151 90
European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany
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