[Ubuntu PA] NTR Laptop Project: meet at laptop room on Feb 23rd, noon

Brian Stempin brian.stempin at gmail.com
Mon Feb 18 16:21:49 GMT 2008


Kevin,
You should post the code in a public place and release it GPL.  This way,
others (yours truly included) can help improve upon your efforts (adding a
GUI, web interface, new functionality, etc etc) rather than duplicating your
efforts with paralleling experiments.

On Feb 16, 2008 11:20 AM, Kevin Valentine <kevin.valentine at gmail.com> wrote:

> I just updated the project wiki to include more details on our laptop
> Workshop Times:
>
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PennsylvaniaTeam/CommunityOutreachTeam/NtrLaptopProject
>
>  * Jim Fisher and Kevin Valentine will be at NTR every 3rd Monday from
> 10am - 12pm
>  * Norman will be in the Laptop Room from 2 pm to closing, every weekday
>  * We will meet as a group every 4th Saturday of the month
>
> Besides more times to work on the laptops, we may have a new, faster way
> of installing DSL onto the laptops.  A few days ago, I finished writing
> a python script that installs DSL onto a hard drive in about 30
> seconds.  It automates all the steps for an installation: formats the
> drive into three partitions, copies a specific DSL version from a user
> selected ISO (thank Brian Stempin for that idea), copies our custom
> setting and applications, installs grub to the MBR and uses our custom
> NTR splashimage.  The main reason for doing an install this way is that
> many of the laptops don't have CD drives.  Some of the ones that do have
> them, can't even boot from the CDs (hello old Toshibas with the dongle
> CD drives).  Another reason, is that it's very fast and we may be able
> to do them in batches (only sequentially, not sure about parallel yet).
>
> Jim and I will be at NTR on the 18th from 10am - 12pm.  This will be the
> first time we test out the Python script on a large batch of 2.5"
> drives.  The Dells will be the first to use them.  If all goes well, we
> may have a nice simple process for you to play with on Saturday the
> 23rd.  Hope to see many of you there!
>
> -kevin
>
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