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Re: Fwd: Suggestion on choosing Distro


On 18 May 2016 at 20:43, Jonas Smedegaard <dr@jones.dk> wrote:
> Hi Venkatesh, and others,
> Quoting Venkatesh Thennarasan (2016-05-12 07:38:55)
>> *In Tamil Nadu , India FSFTN

Unfortunately I am unable to access respective mailing list at the
moment to went through the archive for reference.
It's throwing not found 404 error =

>>has taken an initiative to take Free
>> Software to school Students through Education, Initially We have Taken
>> a Rural School in Outskirts of Theni Town. And Several Community
>> Computing Centers.*

Can you elaborate requirement in details? Thanks.

Are you thinking of respective forked version for embedded hardware
platform like Raspberry Pi etc or you are planning to use it on
Intel/AMD processor platform?
Why I am asking because objective I notice is to provide free software
to rural school.

As we all know rural parts in India still have electricity issues &
embedded devices are extremely low power consuming devices which are
perfect solutions in such scenario's.
I am pretty sure schools will be interested to run next generation
computer labs on embedded devices like Raspberry Pi in India due to
many benefits i.e.  i) low power consumption ii) Low space requirement
iii) Extremely easy to move from 1 place to another iv) Almost zero hw

So on, I suggest you to prepare code for both platforms. That will be
an excellent move.

Some alternatives I could think of as follows which are derived from

i) Edubuntu
ii) Hamara Linux
iii) Raspbian


>> *We have planned to fork a Distro for the educational purpose and
>> design it based on the curriculum of Tamil Nadu's Education System.
>> And also Localize it.*
>> *We like your suggestions on choosing the Distro, Would Your Distro be
>> suitable for the Purpose or do you suggest any Other Alternatives*
> I recommend you to stop and think very hard if you really need to fork.
> You will possibly reach your defined goal faster (due to less friction
> with others having different priorities than you), but an often missed
> detail is the aftermath of _maintaining the system for years to come.
> Many many Linux distributions have emerged but then withered away after
> the excitement around its launch have passed.
> Consider if possible to reach your goal not by forking but instead
> contributing to an existing system: Concretely I recommend that you
> contribute to Debian and help extend it to fit all your needs.  Some of
> your needs are likely already covered thanks to Debian Edu being around
> and in active development for many years, but no doubt some parts are
> missing - help identify and add missing pieces to Debian!
> I recommend to collaborate with others in India who have done and/or are
> still doing similar efforts. I have cc'ed Arun, Prema and Kannan from
> project I have become aware of:
>   * Arun: icfoss.in in Kerala - strong focus on pedagogics
>   * Prema S: BOSS Linux in Chennai - Debian integration and deployments
>   * Srikant: IIT Bombay - Vidyut laptop and e-learning
> There are no doubt several more.  I dearly recommend you to subscribe to
> the mailinglist debian-dug-in@lists.debian.org and use that to keep in
> touch with peers in the region.
>  - Jonas
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