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Re: Proposal for a new CDD sub-project: Debian4Business

Hello there ...

Qua, 2007-04-18 às 15:24 +0200, linux@vaneersel.eu escreveu:
> I would like to start a new sub-project called Debian4Business or perhaps
> Debian-Office.I have a slight preference for the first name, but this is
> discussable of course.
a bit of background.
Last week i emailed debian-desktop list to propose as lenny release goal
to add a task called "enterprise-desktop" and also one called
"enterprise-server", names are not important. I am just giving my
support to this.
> I have a small company, that provides legal services. About 6 months ago (I use
> linux for more than 8 years already) all desktops are running Linux now. The
> people using those desktops have no prior linux experience. I have tried several
> distributions, but with every distribution I see problems appear with the people
> that use it. These problem appear because no distribution is really focused on
> business use within small and mid-sized companies.
> Of course there are some distro's with exactly this goal, however they are
> usually commercial products/forks. Probably all very good distro's but also
> awfully expensive, and that makes them not very interesting for small- and
> mid-sized companies.
> I believe there is definetely a 'market' for a business oriented linux based on
> open source/GPL/Debian social-contract, maintained for and by it's users instead
> of a commercial base. The open source/GPL/DSC concept works for individuals, so
> why it wouldn't/couldn't work for businesses?

I think the majoraty of debian's instalations are in corportive
environments, server And/or desktops. So i think that debian should have
the goal to give those users a better solution than the general one.
> My goal with this project is to create a CDD that provides it's users with the
> tools they need to easily install and use the things a small and mid-sized
> business needs in their working environment. This goes for both server and
> desktop tasks. A small and mid-sized company often doesn't have a permanent
> system manager, that's exactly why things have to be simple. Of course it should
> also include the common office tools, like an office package (openoffice), email,
> groupware, etc etc.

My first proposal was to create 2 tasks in tasksel. We have desktop
task, so we could add an enterprise-desktop task.

My point was to provide centralized authentication and information,
having something like libpam-ldap and libpam-mount installed and
configured by debconf's interface.

For -ldap is easy, just now, it just asks for the server, but -mount
would mount server partitions as well as user's desktop preferences.

Also, it would be given care to the tools and packages included.

A cdd would be good for some first testing, but having it included in
debian would be great.
> I would very much like to hear the opinions of the developer community.
> The first -and very important- step to be taken is to form a group of people that
> support this goal and are willing to work on it.

count with me.
> If there are no major objections I will start to get things going.
> Regards,
> Arjan van Eersel
> ---- Dit bericht is verzonden via mijndomein.nl

best regards

Luis Matos

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