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Re: new skoleknoppix

Hello Conrad,

Could you describe in a few word what are the big differences between
Freeduc and skoleknoppix? If there are no big differences it will make
sense to merge our effort.

Also as the name may suggest it, can you tell us how far you have been
in integrating Skolelinux services within the live cd ? (LDAP, Webadmin,

Best regards, 


Le mer 11/02/2004 à 13:41, Conrad Newton a écrit :
> ftp://ftp.skolelinux.no/skolelinux/knoppixes/skoleknoppix/
> skoleknoppix-2004-02-10 is based on KNOPPIX-2004-02-09
> ------------------------------------------------------
> Normally I would wait a bit before releasing this CD
> to the web.  It has too many obvious flaws.
> BUT I believe that in this case, it is important to hurry.
> People are going to Brussels soon, and although they
> can of course carry laptops, I thought it would be nice
> if they also had some live CDs to give away.
> What I want from you, the first generation of testers,
> is bug reports and complaints.  skolelinux is Debian 
> stable, and skoleknoppix is (mostly) Debian unstable.
> It is not really possible for them to be identical,
> but they should be as similar as possible.
> Any comments or complaints should get back to me by
> this weekend, so that I can incorporate the ideas
> and re-release as soon as possible.  The only reason
> that I release this CD now is to get feedback!
> What is the value of this CD?
> -----------------------------
> - XFree86 4.3
> - KDE 3.1.5
> - OpenOffice.org 1.1
> Hardware detection and support is provided by Knoppix,
> and it should therefore be excellent.
> One way of thinking about this CD is that it gives a look
> at what skolelinux might be in the not-so-distant future.
> A Debian stable version of KDE 3.2 already exists, as does
> a stable version of XFree86 4.3, although neither of these
> can yet be found within the official body of Debian.
> Language Support
> ----------------
> My original hope had been to include all of the European
> languages on this CD, but the combination of KDE 3.1.5
> and OpenOffice.org 1.1 was too overwhelming.  :-(
> There is simply not space for everything.  Because I was
> in a hurry, I chose to include only Norwegian and German
> in addition to the default US English.  I could easily
> include 3-5 more languages, depending how big they are.
> When I remake the CD this weekend, there will be more
> languages, but I want some discussion of which languages
> should be included.  Here are various suggestions:
> 1)  Have KDE support for most European languages, but 
>     OpenOffice.org user interface only in English.
> 2)  Fully support 3-5 languages per CD, and make multiple CDs.
>     This is not especially difficult, but several CDs will
>     of course occupy a fair amount of disk space.
> 3)  Build a live DVD.  The technology is essentially the same
>     as for live CDs, but most people do not have a DVD-burner.
>     Nevertheless, even without a DVD-burner, it is possible to
>     download the compressed KNOPPIX image onto your ext2 or FAT
>     partition, and boot from floppy disk.  This is my favorite 
>     way to run Knoppix, as it leaves the CD tray empty.
> Bugs/Errors I have seen already
> -------------------------------
> Only two.  I have had essentially no time for testing.
> 1)  I get warnings when I boot with knoppix alsa.
>     solfege does not work, and complains about the kernel.
>     I suspect that the newer Knoppix kernel has a flaw,
>     or that there is some problem with Knoppix alsa.
>     The worst case scenario is that I go back to the
>     kernel from the previous Knoppix, where solfege
>     was working, and alsa gave no warnings.
> 2)  OpenOffice.org opens with the "timmons" font, a disastrously
>     ugly font, and no spell-checking.  Neither of these flaws
>     is really so terrible, since you can change both of them
>     manually, but I will fix these problems on the weekend.
> -------------
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