Helping new users with setting up Edubuntu server
ps at gedec.org
Fri Jun 18 07:35:02 BST 2010
Dear Belinda & David
My suggestions for the Edubuntu/Debian/LTSP Vision:
- installation to be done in simple, logical steps;
- easy to install the basic system (the current Debian/Ubuntu installer
should be worked over so that all parameters can be entered in one go
and the rest of the installation happens unattended - like PC-BSD);
- one easy step to add the LTSP parts, including NX or similar;
- easy setup/integration of group-oriented tools/programs (e.g. VNC,
moodle, etc.) in a coherent "School Configuration" tool;
- creation of an admin/teacher tool with which you can do the essential
admin jobs for a school, e.g. install/delete users, change rights of
users to certain services/programs, open/close internet/chat/skype/etc
access for individual users, setup/maintenance of a website blacklist,
monitoring of individual users progress, choose applications for
Most of the above can be put together from existing building blocks.
What is needed is some brainstorming - by active users - about what
makes sense. The final product should be streamlined with an intuitive
look-and-feel; the user interface should be self-explanatory (remember
what Bill G. said: the more stupid the users can be, the larger the
market; it's an ugly way of putting the harsh facts). Teachers don't
usually want to be sys-admins, their strengths lie elsewhere; the system
should support them in what they do well!
PS: We have built and used an LTSP System for the past 5 years and have
accumulated a lot of experience in this direction).
Belinda Lopez wrote:
> David Groos wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> As I mentioned in a previous e-mail I really feel the need for maybe a
>> dozen, well-made, wiki pages that describe how to set up a basic but
>> fully functioning Edubuntu/LTSP Lucid server with the basic
>> educational needs addressed. Probably lots of this already exists--my
>> goal is to update them to Lucid AND perhaps most importantly, give
>> them good visibility on edubuntu.org <http://edubuntu.org> so when a
>> new person arrives there they are welcomed into our community with a
>> helpful and informational 'red carpet'.
>> Here are a couple of initial questions:
>> 1. How do I get a link on the edubuntu page?
> I think Jonathan Carter has write access to that area.
>> 1. What is the official page on the edubuntu or ubuntu wiki for
>> installing Lucid (hopefully with info on installing LTSP).
> Canonical does not have an official one so it kind of depends on what
> you mean by official. I would consider it official like the
> Documentation work if the community supports it. perhaps with the ok
> from the edubuntu council?
>> 1. Which wiki should I add/update this content, ubuntu or edubuntu?
> At this point I'd recommend the official ubuntu wiki as I think there is
> more activity there and anyone searching there will find a link to it.
> I don't think there is cross wiki search functionality at this point.
> So maybe the bulk of it on the Ubuntu wiki and a page on the edubuntu
> wiki so folks can find it in a search there.
>> 1. What is the relationship between these wikis and what is the
>> vision for the edubuntu wiki?
> Not sure there is a long term vision for edubuntu at the moment. :-(
> It's being driven by the developer community and they have done an
> outstanding job to keep the project moving forward. Other than
> blueprints for the next cycle I would love to see and help work on a
> long term vision.
>> 1. I'm thinking I should start a 'specifications' wiki page on
>> these dozen pages, on edubuntu wiki, right? Name?
> sounds great! keep us updated on your progress.
> FYI: I've been working on an Edubuntu course in Moodle for the Kids on
> computers project. They asked about maybe adding an LTSP and networking
> section to it. You can find the current work in progress here:
>> Thanks for your support,
> thanks for your work!
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