Wouldn't it be interesting to make ubuntu more interresting for companies by creating ubuntu-workstation

Christoph Haas email at christoph-haas.de
Tue Nov 16 09:58:23 CST 2004

On Mon, Nov 15, 2004 at 09:35:03PM -0800, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 15, 2004 at 06:24:00PM +0100, Kristof Vansant wrote:
> > Wouldn't it be interesting to make ubuntu more interresting for
> > companies by creating ubuntu-workstation.
> > 
> > ubuntu-workstation:
> > has all the specific things you need for your work like gnome, xorg,
> > openoffice, evolution, firefox, basic themes, basic xscreensavers.
> > 
> > ubuntu-desktop includes all the packages that ubuntu-workstation also
> > has.
> > 
> > In ubuntu-desktop we put extra things that does not belong on a desktop
> > at work (things that can piss of your boss :)) but is for at home:
> In my experience, enterprises which are restrictive about what software to
> install, also provide pre-installed images with exactly the set of software
> that they will support.  Is there truly a need for a "workstation" profile,
> separate from other desktops?

Probably not. But that reminds me: what about a way for a PXE bootable
installations? Would be nice to have a kind of "installation server"
(FTP/HTTP server or NFS share) that can install a default desktop with
preset apt sources. That way the client could later be updated
automatically (cron job that gets the packages from that very source)
and even have configuration files or the list of installed packages
being changed.

We have set this up on Mandrake a few years ago for developers'

I have no current desperate need for it. But I know there are
considerations at my employer to deploy Linux desktops in the remote
future. Wouldn't it be nice if we supported that? I can't help with the
PXE part (no experience) but the scripting sounds interesting.

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