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Re: dvd space issues

On Wednesday 03 November 2010 15:14 Petter Reinholdtsen wrote:
> [Jürgen Leibner]
> > One point here is for sure, that people do only know that about
> > packages, they use for their own No one alone is in my opinion able
> > to say for every package, if it is useless or not. This is what
> > every user should decide for his own purpose of use
> Well, this mindset is completely bogus when it come to the Debian Edu
> / Skolelinux project.  This project is about _us_, the developers,
> helping schools to find the best tools for use in schools, and that
> means that _we_ select among the 30 000 packages available in Debian
> and recommend to the schools and admins which packages to use _by
> installing them by default_ in our distribution.
> Not doing this selection and claiming it have to be left to each user
> is doing the user a serious dis-service, and completely failing the
> goal of the Debian Edu project.  We need to be brave enough to pick
> the packages we believe in and skip the rest, to make sure the
> teachers, admins and our users can save the time required to do so.

My answer was related to the question: " Why is it that no-one is 
willing to spend time evaluating the packages we install today, to see 
if they all make sense?"

That we select the packages is right and wanted. But maybe I choosed the 
wrong words to explain, that everyone making a decision does it on a 
couple of informations. The rule is normaly to make decisions founded 
on as much informations as available and with highest grade of quality 

Such informations are for example the users knowledge of the software in 
detail usecases. So it is a kind of raising the quality of the 
decision, which packege should be dropped or not, to use the users 

I'm not a teacher and I don't know really what package fits better than 
the other. If I had to choose, I can take time and take a look at he 
packages 'in action', ask others, investigate in the www or throw a 
coin to decide.

Gree	tings, Jürgen Leibner

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