[oi-dev] Please Zip compress the USB downloads from OI

Toomas Soome tsoome at me.com
Fri Aug 10 21:09:49 UTC 2018

I do have the isoboot boot code and some companion work ported over, so we can get hybrid iso files, but note, unfortunately it is not 100% universally supported. There are bios implementations choking on hybrid images... thats according to reports from FreeBSD. 

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> On 10 Aug 2018, at 22:23, Till Wegmüller <toasterson at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi
> The Image itself is compressed. However not the USB part but the LOFI
> File representing /usr on the Live system.
> What you compressed was the Sparse part of the image. I.e the Allocated
> but not used USB Image Parts.
> As soon as we have the combined image that will be solved.
> What will help however Especially for people in the US is to pick a
> local mirror. AFAIK the main Server is in the UK not US.
> Greetings
> Till
>> On 10.08.2018 19:22, Bob Friesenhahn wrote:
>>> On Fri, 10 Aug 2018, John Howard wrote:
>>> Yesterday I downloaded the minimal USB.  I am in USA, not Europe or Asia,
>>> so I did not choose an alternative mirror for the download.  Average
>>> speed
>>> was modem circa 1990 around 56 Kb/s.  It took almost 3 hours.  Okay, if
>>> that is how it is now.
>>> The problem is, out of curiousity, I compressed the downloaded minimal
>>> USB
>>> file 25% using Zip.
>>> Similar savings result for the 2 GiB Live USB down to 1.6 GiB.
>> If the image is to be compressed, then it is likely that there is a
>> popular compression algorithm (e.g. xz or 7zip) which is more effective
>> than gzip.
>> Bob
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