This is a "request for content" - not a "request for
comments" particularly ;-)
Recent threads on this and other (OSE) discussions
got me thinking about my proposed UK Schools Howto
I have updated our project pages to include a template
document (sections only - no real content at the moment)
that could be filled in :
I am now after any suggestions for or comments on
the document (or better yet, some submissions of
As I see it, what would be useful, is a document of
principles, not details. The documentation for details
is very comprehensive (LDP, Howtos, Man pages),
but generally there is just too much information available,
in order to find what we need for a specific application.
I am hoping that based on the combined experiences
represented here, we could in essence, provide a
document that 'filters out' the required details from
the existing documentation.
I would thus like the document to include a list
of sample applications from education, with
guidelines on the sorts of things that typically would
be required to be setup. For example, could some
of the details from the recent thread on squid as a
web proxy be distilled down, so that someone picking
up the document could see that for proxy services,
squid is the way to go, with a few key configuration
principles listed ... (use with external proxies, local
What is the general thoughts here :
- This is a waste of time
- The focus is all wrong
- The information is already all there
- Thats exactly the type of document I need
- 'xyz' would be better ...
- Sounds like a pain to maintain ;-)
If anyone has any ideas, or better yet, feels like
writing a small paragraph or two on an application
area (plain ascii text is fine) - then please get in touch :
Eventually, if this is a worthwhile thing to do, I
guess I will fill it out myself, but it would be much better
with details coming straight from the people who are
actually using it successfully at the moment in education
(I do use it successfully by the way, but just not in schools ;-)
Has anyone had any succes with either :-
1. Parallel Port Based Scanners on Linux (Primax Colorado Direct 9600)
2. Umax Astra 2000P SCSI Scanner with Advansys Fast SCSI Card (3295)
Misco Part no's CJ60471 + CJ60227
I'm trying to verify that they work before purchase!
If anybody is using a scanner with Suse / GIMP etc could you pass on the
type of scanner and scsi card that you are using?
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We don't really have a blocking/filtering policy as such. We use RM's IFL
service which is heavily filtered by them under their own filtering policy.
We do however ask students to sign an Acceptable Usage Policy, this
basically says that the internet is to be used for educational purposes and
that sites that are visited are ones that you would be happy to show a
teacher/parent. We block a few sites locally here. Such as
http://java4fun.com which is not filtered by RM, but students playing
online Java games all day does nothing for the speed of our internet
connection or their education !
RM filtering policy can be found at
Happy to help
The Purbeck School
----- Original Message -----
From: Simon Wood <Simon.Wood(a)pace.co.uk>
To: 'Purbeck School Network Support' <admin2(a)users.purbeck.dorset.sch.uk>
Sent: Friday, September 29, 2000 1:16 PM
Subject: RE: [suse-linux-uk-schools] Squid
> Slightly off topic question I'm afraid....
> Would you mind divulging to the list the extent of your schools
blocking/filtering policy, or detailing any software (in addition to Squid)
that you are using.
> I don't have any particular view point (afterall first rule of security if
'that which is not implicitly "allowed" is "disallowed"' so why shouldn't
this apply to web content?), but would be interested in the current state of
filtering in the schools at the moment.
> Simon Wood
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I have just set about getting Squid to filter websites (thanks to Chris Dawkins for his e-mail) . I have it filtering lovely except that the webpage that is generated is fairly non descript and I would like to change it.
I have read various Squid FAQs etc but to no avail. They keep talking about an /errors directory which I don't seem to have. Any help / tips would be great.
The Purbeck School