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How to distribute a LiveCD?

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As (at least some of) you might know I've been working on an automatic Linux from Scratch using scripts. On Jan. 1st I could finally build the LiveCD for version 0.2, the first releasable version. So now I'm looking for ways to spread the LiveCD.
Since I'm already running a project on SourceForge (a collection of PHP-classes, so that's pretty small files) I applied to host the project there. That was refused due to the extensive resource-usage when hosting a full distro (although my LiveCD with it's 420MB is still a lot smaller than a real distro, but bigger than most other LiveCDs). The next step was registering and applying at BerliOS, a german project pretty similar to SourceForge. There I got more or less the same reason when my project was refused, just with a lot less words. ;-)
I might have the chance to host the CD on a friends server who is hardly using his monthly limits, at least for a while, but that's not for sure yet.
I had a look at Savannah but found some text stating that it's not for hosting of distros.

Does anybody know some page where I can host the CD-image? Or an alternative way to "spread the word"? I'd prefer to have a free solution since my budget isn't really big so that I can't afford pumping a lot of money into hosting something which already cost me a lot of work (and made my power-company already quite happy).

Is there any project similar to SourceForge or BerliOS which I could use for that? Where they allow to host files of let's say up to 500MB (future version might grow a little when I decide to add a few more optional packages or due to growth of already included packages).

Any suggestion is welcome.

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Archive.org comes to mind

Archive.org comes to mind as someone that would host large files, but it is just an archiving site which therefore happens to act as a storage utility for whatever doesn't have a home elsewhere. The procedure to upload something there may be a bit too complicated though. I'm not sure what would it be for a CD iso..

Other options that come to mind are FOSS related hosts if you could get them to sponsor you.

The third, and today still unrealistic option is for us to host you, only after we get a first dedicated server. Eye

Also, if you have a fast enough connection and can keep one of your computers always on maybe you could host it yourself?

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Will have to check my options
libervisco wrote:

Archive.org comes to mind as someone that would host large files, but it is just an archiving site which therefore happens to act as a storage utility for whatever doesn't have a home elsewhere. The procedure to upload something there may be a bit too complicated though. I'm not sure what would it be for a CD iso..

I will have to have a look into this. For the rest, like project-site, documents (which I still have to write) and other stuff I could use my webspace. Shouldn't be too hard to incorporate an extra section for this into my website. But for hosting my webspace isn't really suitable due to the limitations I have there.

libervisco wrote:

Other options that come to mind are FOSS related hosts if you could get them to sponsor you.

Hmm, any idea how to convince them that my project is so great they should sponsor it?

libervisco wrote:

The third, and today still unrealistic option is for us to host you, only after we get a first dedicated server. Eye

That sounds like an interesting offer, but also I don't want that anything hasty and propably expensive is decided now to support me. But mentioning that, yet unrealistic, option is highly appreciated.

libervisco wrote:

Also, if you have a fast enough connection and can keep one of your computers always on maybe you could host it yourself?

The connection I have here in HK should be quick enough (well, thanks to that earthquake not at this time, but in general ;-) ), but the problem is that at this time I still have just one PC here, which I usually shutdown over night and also have it run Win2K from time to time for a little gaming. I have enough parts here, but at this time I don't see the budget to finance the electricity for a PC running 24/7.

So I guess it's the first or second option for now. Of course I could also sneak the file onto my Linux-server in the office, nobody there knows how to handle that anyway, but still it might raise some suspicion when the traffic on this box suddenly rises although the site on this isn't running production yet. ;-)

But anyway, thanks for your thoughts, I will check my options and then see how I can push out my ISO into the world.

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Perhaps you should ask

Perhaps you should ask other projects how they did it in their first days.

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You may also want to look

You may also want to look into Bittorrent for distributing the ISO.

dylunio

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How to do it on BitTorrent

How do I do that with BitTorrent? Do I have to keep my machine running for that and somehow get people to download it from my box and then reseed it? Or is there some place where you can upload file and they spread it out for you? Never checked on how to release on BitTorrent.

Asking other projects might also be a good idea, there's so many LiveCDs and distros out there that there must be some information to find.

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BitTorrent

Imma release my live CD via BitTorrent. Say you'll never release the disk image unless some people promise to help seed it.

I don't know how to set up a dedicated BitTorrent server yet though.

The other option is only release the build scripts.

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I haven't had a close look

I haven't had a close look at it, but http://dotsrc.org/ might help out.

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Scripts only won't work

Just releasing the scripts won't work because I have a couple of custom patches and also did a few modifications on source-packages in order to make coding of the scripts a little easier. That results in the problem that you have to use the packages shipped on the CD in order to have the scripts do their job.

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make the scripts do it

So make the scripts download the patches and apply them.

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Got something, for now at least

Okay, I want to give you a little update about my situation.
Some guy I know from another forum and I sometimes have a talk with on ICQ offered me his webspace to upload the file. As he says he has unlimited traffic and about just enough room to host my file and still leave a couple of MBs free for himself.
So for now, the first few users/testers I have a spot to get the file.
Also I sent a hosting-request to dotsrc.org, let's see if they want/can provide hosting for my project.
Since I want to try to avoid too heavy traffic on my friends server I don't want to post the URL in public. But if anybody is interested please feel free to send me a message.

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