Re: Concerning (Live) CDs

On Thu, 2005-02-03 at 14:17 +0100, Claus Schwarm wrote:
> Hi,
> On Thu, 03 Feb 2005 10:31:31 +0100
> Murray Cumming <murrayc murrayc com> wrote:
> > 
> > I'm sure that we don't want to create a GNOME distribution for
> > installation. Why aren't any of the existing distributions acceptable?
> > 
> Sorry. I didn't want to say, existing distributions are not acceptable.
> On the other hand, it is difficult for most people to hand over a usual
> CD to somebody you hardly know.
> You need good arguments. "This is Linux with lots of cool software."
> is seldomly sufficient.

But "use this crappy distro just because it comes with this particular
software by default" is not a good argument either. We don't want people
to experience that lack of support.

I think a website that advertised the software that you care about, with
help on installing it on whatever distro they have, would be far more
useful an effective.

>  In fact, Windows comes pre-installed and you can
> get lots of additional standard software for free (as in beer) already -
> some of them OpenSource.
> But: "This is Linux, including the software you'll need for your
> studies." might do the trick.
> At least, it will do the trick if one day, you can add "The whole
> department (faculty, college) uses it."  :-)
> So it basically depends on the distributions if they are willing to add
> the additional scientific software to the package - either on a second
> CD, or included on the installation or Live CD.
> I'd be glad if we would be able to convince existing distribution to
> join and help. I'll try to be more clear in the wiki page(s).

Murray Cumming
murrayc murrayc com

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