A minimal ISO is absolutely not required other that for some really rather unlikely corner cases that can be fixed with the application of a very small amount of cash.maloupi wrote: ↑2020/01/20 09:39:32One of the purpose of Centos is for server install, no ? or i missed something ?
A minimal iso to install servers should be mandatory, not "maybe one day, if it's raining but not too much..."
Some people like gokhanp (3 messages ahead) proposed a solution (thanks) since several months.
Why not using this (or ask him help) for the official iso ?
I initially thought it would be good for centos 8.1. I really thanks all peoples making Centos for their great works ! I do not have the skills to do this but it seems it is not a difficult task compared to others and it was already done for previous major version of Centos.
Firstly just because you have a full ISO there is not requirement to install everything. The argument that you need a minimal ISO because you are going to do a minimal install is consequently complete rubbish.
Secondly if you can download a 2GB ISO you can download a 6GB ISO. Sure it will take longer but it is similar orders of magnitude and you only have to do it once.
Thirdly I have not seen a USB stick as small as 8GB for sale at retail in quite some time now. They are under 5USD on eBay in the UK if you actually need to buy one.
Fourthly any DVD drive not capable of reading a dual layer disk is exceedingly old. By my reckoning it would predates the introduction of 64bit x86 processors. However CentOS 8 does not support 32bit x86 CPU's so it would need to be some Frankenstein machine. Replace the DVD drive with something more modern.
Fifthly dual layer DVD blanks are cheap (under 10USD for a stack of at least five delivered here in the UK), and dual layer writers have been the default for over 15 years now. I find it highly improbable anyone with access to a DVD writer does not have access to one capable of doing dual layer DVD's.
Sixth, if none of the above work then you can always do a net install. I have not seen a 64bit x86 server ever that didn't have an onboard NIC and was capable of PXE booting.
While I don't support everything RedHat have done in terms of dropping support for older hardware in RHEL8, the above is the sort of cost/benefit analysis they are likely to have done, and dropping a minimal ISO is entirely sensible.
Frankly I would much rather that the CentOS team did not waste time doing an entirely pointless minimal install DVD to satisfy a small number of people who are entirely to cheap to live with a standard ISO.