Re: Nicholas Negroponte challenges: Give us lightweight Linux
>From Knut Yrvin on Wednesday, 2006-04-05 at 16:03:35 +0200:
> * Project proposal
> (by Knut Yrvin April 5th 2006)
> Linux has bloated is the message from Nicholas Negroponte, the MIT
> professor who launched the "One Laptop Per Child" solution. We need a
> fully functional version on a laptop with 500MHz AMD processor, 128 MB
> RAM, and 512 MB flash memory "harddrive". We need Linux to be more
> lightweight he says at Linux World. This Norwegian articles reports
> from Negropontes speech at Linux World April 4th 2006:
> We have experienced the same thing in the
> Skolelinux/DebianEdu-project. Some software programs uses a lot of
> memory in runtime, and also when it's installed. The OpenOffice.org
> office suite and FireFox demands a lot of memory in runtime. Windows
> environment is also "bloated" (GNOME, KDE). When running a lot of thin
> clients i a LTSP-nettwork this programs demands more server memory.
> My impression is that the amount of RAM is increased from 2 GB to 4 GB
> when using OpenOffice.org, FireFox and the most common Windows
> managers on 50 thin clients. Because of memory usages and speed issues
> some municipalities runs ICEwm as Windows manager on all their thin
> clients (500-600 clients in 9 schools).
... but on the other hand people are unwilling to make compromises
on functionality. Thus we have the often-heard statement that
Skolelinux/Debian-Edu would be nothing without OpenOffice.org --
it is hard to reconcile these points of view. Flash is demanding,
but people demand Flash ...
> In my view solutions that Damn Small Linux does not give the required
> applications for use in an educational environment:
This is also my complaint with DSL. It is nice with a small system,
but if you really insist on going this direction you should go with
Tom's Root/Boot http://www.toms.net/rb/
> Therefore I propose:
> * A project to make a de-bloated OLPC-profile for DebianEdu
> -- It should investigate the memory usage on todays standalone-profile
> -- It should de-bloate kwin windows manager and investigate
> replacements as xfce and ICEwm.
> -- It should look to the municipality of Kongsvinger solution with use
> of Konqueror as a file-browser and possible replacement for FireFox
> as a web-browser
> -- Look at Koffice as a replacement for OpenOffice.org (this is meant
> for kids, and they do not really need a fully fletched office suite
> when they uses computers for learning. Then browser applications
> with teaching tools are the thing to use e.g Moodle and
Problems. As soon as you introduce any KDE applications, you are
going to have 150MB of libraries, and a certain degree of bloat.
I would prefer the abiword/gnumeric solution for a minimal system.
Abiword has committed itself to supporting .odf as well as .doc,
and gnumeric for a long time was considered to be a *better*
spreadsheet than Calc -- maybe it still is.