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I use APTonCD to backup my software. Really cool to have when you dork your system and have to reinstall something. As you unpack the CD the package manager compares the set to the repositories, so you know if the package is current or not.
It doesn't take a lot of room. My entire software collection was only 341.7 MB (358305792 bytes) on the CD. So incorporate that into a DVD with Mint and BAM! All the good stuff.
mint kinda already is that
how about including way more apps in a DVD image? The current DVD image is only 825Mb, so it wastes over 3.5Gb of DVD space.
@Gpig - The Apps DVD idea is used by the SliTaz project. From the download page at http://www.slitaz.org/en/get/index.html#stable the users can download "a bootable CDROM image of all available packages" which "is generated every day". The Apps DVD "also contains a copy of the website and can be used without an internet connection via the install.sh script". The ISO is about 1 Gb for the stable version and almost 2 Gb for the unstable/testing version.
EDIT: the preceding comment meant that the very phisical instance of the DVD is not necessary, just the data contained in it to be readily available.
Perhaps a tool to create an offline repository based on a "huge" list with checkboxes, in a similar way used by MSN Messenger to slowly share a lot of files between users, taking advantage of idle bandwidth. Something that could be replicated (based on a text/ini file with the software names and their implied dependencies).
I think that APTonCD - http://aptoncd.sourceforge.net/ may be a good solution to create a custom DVD that can be distributed. A similar idea is posted at http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/3239/
My idea is about a ISO image that can be downloaded by someone with a broadband connection and distributed by copying the DVD to all the people interested in using it. Maybe a software tool to create a custom repository with the chosen software packages on a DVD could be used instead.
How do you handle the inherent cost of labor, production and distribution of the DVD? Moving from the digital realm to the brick and mortar world can be involved and expensive.