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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
I was a satisfied linux user until the trend toward releasing not-quite-ready distros ... under the assumtion that users can update via broadband. A few vendors did/do sell updates media off/on, but they're not a reliable source over the life of a version.
Broadband isn't an option where I live, nor do I expect it will be. So, that leaves public WiFi hotspots, using a laptop to do the downloads. I haven't done a thorough Google search, but it appears something like this would work with Fedora/yum:
1. Use yum on desktop/dialup to get a list of updates available.
2. Massage the list with awk to get a download list.
3. Download the files with the laptop via wifi.
4. Tranfer files to desktop and run createrepo.
Comments? Suggestions of an easier way to do it?
Note: It doesn't have to be Fedora, but I prefer distros that allow custom installs of only what I want. Also, distros that don't delete previous version packages when they're updated.