London-based Charity gives 40, 000 PCs a fresh start .... (an Ubuntu opportunity?)

Colin Watson cjwatson at
Mon Feb 7 04:17:15 CST 2005

On Sun, Feb 06, 2005 at 03:35:48PM -0800, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> On Sun, Feb 06, 2005 at 11:14:18PM +0000, John Levin wrote:
> > I'm familiar with Computer Aid - did a little work there some time back. I
> > believe their policy is to send computers without any operating system, or
> > possibly something very basic like FreeDOS. There are good reasons for
> > this - they don't know what the recipients will be using the computer for,
> > they don't know precisely what hardware will be linked together, and the
> > time involved in installing an OS.
> We could work with them to resolve these issues; certainly having Ubuntu
> pre-installed is no worse than having no operating system at all.  Perhaps
> local Ubuntu volunteers could be mobilized to help with the installations
> (in cooperation with the development of the Kickstart automated installation
> infrastructure for Hoary?).

Or even just d-i preseeding with some improved documentation etc.
Kickstart support is primarily for compatibility with existing
heterogeneous deployments, and I expect it to be less flexible than
preseeding in a number of ways due to the Anaconda-centricity of the
file format.


Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson at]

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