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    Damn my flu addled mind. I have been thinking for some time now about this and need some feedback.Would it be viable to create a Linux distro to fulfill the needs of schools and of back end systems. It would also contain all neserssery components to optionally connect to Karoshi, Cutter and any other viable system management components.
    There would also be a server version that would just contain the nessersery packages to perhaps install web, email and Nagios.
    Am I just having a pipe dream or could we do this and would you find it useful. I know there is Edubuntu for the desktop, but I would like to think we could do a bit better. Am I dreaming, and, more importantly, do we have the knowledge here to pull it off as a project?

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    I have no experience of linux at all but if you want a tester then i am more than willing to be a guinea pig.

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    I'm sure it would be viable, but is there any point.
    Most linux distributions are already in a position to be able to fulfill the needs of schools - the resistance comes from a lack of understanding, not because current distros aren't up to the job. IMHO A better project would be documentation and cross platform educational applications, particularly MIS.

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    first off... we need to think of a name!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joanne View Post
    first off... we need to think of a name!
    edugeekix

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    DosBoxian?

    GrumbleBuntu?

    ZeroHat?

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    An interesting idea, I like the concept. Although there are already a couple distributions aimed at schools / education there's no point just doing stuff people have already done.

    Presumably your talking about building on top of an existing linux distribution rather than building anything from scratch Welcome to Linux From Scratch! in which case choosing the distribution will be key.

    Its pretty easy to get a working install of edubuntu/ubuntu with a lamp stack installed so it would have to be something more than this. Perhaphs rather than a complete distribution we should look at creating a package that has things pre-configured......

    Just my thoughts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    IMHO A better project would be documentation and cross platform educational applications, particularly MIS.
    Seconded.

    Also if a edugeek distro was built what would it contain as standard? What deamons would it be running out of box...? etc. Half the point of linux is you only run what you need to run, helping secuirty and permormance

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    Last edited by webman; 4th April 2008 at 12:42 PM.

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    What might be worth doing is creating some VMware (other virtual machines are available) images. With some web stuff pre-installed and configured... maybe moodle and joomla?

    Although I guess this has already been done to a certain extent: Online Learning Appliance Suite: Moodle component

    Jona

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    Agreed - Not sure there's a need for a new distro.

    However - a package that contained a pre-configured Nagios, Moodle, etc. setup could well be worthwhile.

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    I think it may be better to approach it from a different angle. Rather than producing another distro, we could add value to an existing one (cough... Debian... cough) through the production of education-orientated documentation, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_ View Post
    I think it may be better to approach it from a different angle. Rather than producing another distro, we could add value to an existing one (cough... Debian... cough) through the production of education-orientated documentation, etc.
    Yep... Couldn't agree more... I'd also second the earlier comment from Cybernerd.. More documentation on educational packages would be of more immediate value. But where the talent and motivation lies is where you go... Good luck

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    I'm happy to invest some time into this.

    I'd be more inclined to look at Ubuntu or a clone as its a bit more 'user friendly' than Debian, even though Debian is my third passion after FBSD, and Gentoo.

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    I'll agree with kmount. My preference goes FreeBSD, Debian then Ubuntu though

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