jojopi wrote:The standard pre-built images of RISC OS and Plan 9 are designed for 2GB cards, and the Puppy image is actually built for a 4GB card. Considerably fewer than all of the users of these systems will have the skills, time, and supporting platforms available to make smaller images. Also, cards smaller than 2GB are generally more expensive. I do not think they are still made.
This is an unfortunate response from the kind of people who are not in the original intended (and mostly still waiting) educational user community. The end users don't have to do anything since anyone here with even a passing familiarity with any of the OS distros should know what large chunks of the directory structure can be emptied and a much smaller image created without affecting an educational user's ability to make outstanding use of the Pi. If additional packages are needed, that's what the package manager utilities are meant to do, and utilities like raspi-config already provide an option for expanding an image to occupy as much of an SD card as is desired. I've asked that this be considered for future distro releases, but I haven't seen any responses, positive or otherwise.
No one needs to buy SD cards less than 2 GB in size - they can be had for zero, zip, zilch, nada just for the asking from pretty much anyone who has ever owned a digital camera that uses them, as they're sitting in drawers, camera cases, computer bags, purses, wallets, and pretty much every other containment device imaginable. There are probably tens, maybe even hundreds of millions of such cards Out There, depending on the size needed. Asking for them on mailing lists associated with sites like Freecycle.org will probably net you more free SD cards than you could fit in your desk drawer, and I'd be willing to bet that the vast majority have rarely been written to more than a few full card's worth. Not everything has to be bought - that's just sooo pre-post-consumer era thinking
The best things in life aren't things ... but, a Pi comes pretty darned close!
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