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Re: SkoleLinux and Live disks

On Fri, 3 Apr 2009, nigel barker wrote:


We were looking for a live Edubuntu CD iso image, to download and write,
demonstrate to a relative who is a deputy principal (and, it would be a
opportunity, in another state of Australia, where the state government is
reported to be going to spend 25 million AUD to supply and install
software on
computers for students and teachers).

Hi Bret,
Please consider the purpose of your demo. If you just want to show what
Linux is like, then a well established live distro is what you should use
(Sidux, Puppy, Knoppix,...). Sure give the Skolelinux live CD a try, but
you will gather from this list that it may not be well tested, and its
certainly not a focus of the team.

If its the edu-specific apps you need to show, then you could install edu
apps onto a regular linux distro - you don't need edubuntu or skolelinux
just to show some apps.

Another point about using a Live disk for the demonstrating of the educational-specific packages in the Linux context, is that such a disk would be able to be left with someone, like the relative (or, sent to, or downloaded by, someone like the education minister in NSW, or one of the minister's staff), and, the disk could be used at the person's leisure (the person could play with the applications, when they have time, and really give the applications, a good trial), without installing any software on or, making changes to, the computer, on which the disk is being tried.

The important aspect, here, is the ability to trial the software, in the context of the operating system, without having to install any software, or make any changes to, the computer on which the software is being trialled.

Making changes to a person's computer, can be quite traumatic. Especially, when just trialling software.

Bret Busby
West Australia

"So once you do know what the question actually is,
 you'll know what the answer means."
- Deep Thought,
  Chapter 28 of Book 1 of
  "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
  A Trilogy In Four Parts",
  written by Douglas Adams,
  published by Pan Books, 1992


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