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Bug#505488: please package SchoolTool

package: wnpp
severity: wishlist
x-debbugs-cc: debian-edu@lists.debian.org, edubuntu-devel@lists.ubuntu.com,  tom.hoffman@gmail.com

On Tuesday 11 November 2008 20:40, Tom Hoffman wrote:
> I'm happy to announce that we've got a new release of SchoolTool, a
> free student information system, out in sync with Ubuntu 2008.10.
> We're calling it a "beta."  We plan on continuing to map to the Ubuntu
> schedule, with "1.0" slated for April.
> Details about the release here:
> http://book.schooltool.org/htmlhelp/intrepid-features.html
> Installation instructions: http://book.schooltool.org/htmlhelp/install.html
> Geeky packagaging explanation:  Currently, we're distributing
> SchoolTool .deb packages for Ubuntu through our personal package
> archive (PPA) on Launchpad.net.  There is a bit of a roadblock for us
> and Debian & Ubuntu proper because of the Zope 3 packages.  Basically,
> Zope 3 has switched itself from being a more or less monolithic
> application server to being a pile of libraries, packaged as Python
> eggs (like Java .jars, for example).  The current Debian and Ubuntu
> packages for Zope 3 are the monolithic version.  We've got scripts to
> autogenerate separate .debs for all the little libraries now packaged
> as separate eggs.  The current Zope 3 maintainers don't have a lot of
> enthusiasm for exploding the number of .deb packages they'll need to
> maintain.  So we're at a bit of a standoff.  In the medium term, this
> doesn't seem to be a big issue, since, while not being in the main
> Ubuntu repositories isn't idea, it is an advantage for us to be able
> to push bugfixes into our PPA very quickly and control our whole stack
> ourselves.
> A couple additional notes: we're working right now on setup/export via
> spreadsheets, which I think will make everyone wanting to experiment
> with SchoolTool happy.  We should have that in an update release soon.
> Also, I'm working on documentation for using SchoolTool as a personal
> gradebook or for scheduling resources in a school, which are good ways
> to use/test SchoolTool without making a major commitment.
> Enjoy!
> --Tom Hoffman


I'd very much welcome packages in experimental, incl. modular zope 3 packages ;)

regards & thanks for sharing this!

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