[Fwd: Re: Edubuntu Launch Traget Market & the tuXlabs Cookbook]

Jane Weideman janew at hbd.com
Fri Jul 29 11:03:37 UTC 2005

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From: Derek Murawsky <dmurawsky at gmail.com>
Reply-To: Derek Murawsky <dmurawsky at gmail.com>
To: janew at hbd.com
Subject: Re: Edubuntu Launch Traget Market & the tuXlabs Cookbook
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 11:41:19 -0400

I could probably help with writing/porting that manual.  What kind of
help are you looking for specifically?

On 7/28/05, Jane Weideman <janew at hbd.com> wrote:
> Hi all.
> As already discussed with some of you:
> The Shuttleworth Foundation's tuXlabs project has produced a fantastic
> and comprehensive how-to manual for setting up an OSS computer lab,
> based on their wealth of knowledge and experience with this.
> See:
> http://www.upfrontsystems.co.za/Members/jean/cookbook/docbook/cookbook.html
> We have been exploring the possibility of utilising this invaluable
> source of information to the benefit of Edubuntu as well.
> The thinking being that Edubuntu may be more widely and successfully
> adopted, if there is an instruction manual with it. Especially in the
> case of new adopters who have little/no experience with OSS, or possibly
> even ICT in general.
> The tuXlabs team have done a lot of work around formulating a solid,
> repeatable, and supportable OSS lab implementation model. This includes
> all aspects from a Linux Introduction to Power Requirements and Physical
> Security considerations, right through to Networking and Server & LTSP
> configs etc.
> The tuXlabs project http://www.tuxlabs.org/ , is a non-profit project,
> which up to now has focused on school installations within the boundries
> of South Africa, however the model they have formulated can be applied
> where ever an OSS computer lab is required.
> Once edubuntu is released, the tuXlabs are intending to adopt edubuntu
> in their lab build as well. However for now the cookbook is angled
> towards the current architechure which is a little different. The
> cookbook also currently contains some tuXlab and Shuttleworth Foundation
> specifics.
> For Edubuntu's purposes the cookbook would therefore require a revision
> and possibly some editing to make it a bit more generic, as well as
> giving edubuntu installation and configuration specifics. We will need
> some help with this, and have already approached the ubuntu doc team,
> but if anyone would like to volunteer to assist it will be greatly
> appreciated.
> We then also need to decide how to distribute the cookbook:
>  * Whether to make it available for download via our website and /or
>  * Available in printed format (possibly distributed with the CDs)
> Further to this the Edubuntu launch target audience needs to be decided.
> After discussions with various people, I am of the opinion that we
> should take a conservative approach to the first launch, and possibly
> not aim for world domination in the first release ;)
> The reason for favouring this approach now, is that we have decided to
> keep things simple and contained for the first release, and to build on
> that with the next couple of releases. It seems to make sense to me to
> stick to the enthusiasts and those really keen to try Edubuntu for this
> round, and once we have a tried and tested product with successful
> installations, to then start targeting a broader market?
> I don't want to be pessimistic, but I think we should take small steady
> steps rather than promising the world, and then not being able to meet
> expectations?
> So my vote is for a small targeted release, rather than a big bang.
> Comments, suggestions?
> Thanks
> JaneW
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