[svlug] linuxcare BBC
Seth David Schoen
schoen at loyalty.org
Thu Jan 18 01:07:02 PST 2001
J C Lawrence writes:
> On Wed, 17 Jan 2001 07:01:06 -0800
> Seth David Schoen <schoen at loyalty.org> wrote:
> > http://static.linuxcare.com/iso/lnx-gold.iso
> What is the current release version? The latest I have here is
> 1.2.1 IIRC.
You have the current version. I think 1.5 will be released at LinuxWorld
in New York, and I'm working on a 1.5.9 candidate (like "1, 4, 1.5.9")
this week. I want to fix some bugs and documentation stuff, and add more
cryptography and the Ethereal network analyzer (let's impress some folks).
And Python. Maybe I can even get away with adding the Python tutorial so
people can learn Python while they're waiting for disks to fsck or for
backups to transfer over a network. Some people play Tetris during a fsck,
others can learn a new language...
The ISO image above is 1.2.1.
> > You can get burnable business-card sized CD-R blanks and burn to
> > those.
> Damn! I've been wondering about that. Can you reccomend a source?
I've personally never bought any. I see other people have some local
brick-and-mortar suggestions, which shows just how geeky the Bay Area is.
Do you know how hard it was to find _any_ RJ-45 terminators in stores in
If you wanted to order them on-line, a Google search for
business card CD-R blank
gives lots of results from companies which would love to sell you some.
The cheapest I see there is about 75 cents per blank.
Linuxcare has most recently been using ShapeCD to manufacture the BBCs
in quantity, but they won't sell individual blanks. They do professional
high-volume duplication and printing, which is useful for a product
meant for public consumption.
Duncan suggests that the cutting process used _does_ make a difference,
because a business card CD-R poorly cut from a full-size CD-R or a mini-CD
may eventually delaminate and separate into layers. Or it may lose
mechanical strength and crack more easily. I don't think there is a lot
of documentation on this.
Some vendors claimed to use a laser cutting process instead of a
mechanical process; if they do, it's probably a higher quality product
and less likely to have the physical problems I mentioned.
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