Roger Whittaker <roger(a)suse-linux.co.uk> writes:
> I've just subscribed various people to the list - please post a
> message to say hello and introduce yourselves.
If you were at the meeting, I was wearing a Debian t-shirt (with a red
swirl logo on it) --- there's a photo at the top of this article,
where I'm wearing similar stuff (except for the penguin ;-)
I'm a Debian GNU/Linux developer, and run the UK Debian mirror, and am
responsible for producing the Debian official CD images:
I have only a peripheral interest in educational matters, in that I've
been frustrated in the past in my efforts to provide free computers
(which were otherwise destined for a skip), but I can certainly
contribute on a technical side, and having been involved in Debian
(which is completely voluntary, like OSIE is expected to be) since
1996 I may be able to make some suggestions about how to ``organise''
such a thing.
For those of you who've not come across Debian before, we're a
world-wide voluntary organisation (read, chaotic jumble of mailing
lists) that puts together a Linux distribution (and soon a HURD
distribution) and gives it away.
Debian doesn't pay people to do this, and doesn't sell what it
produces, and in most legal senses doesn't really exist (i.e. the
machines in the mirror network mostly belong to people like me, rather
than to Debian, and the bandwidth is donated rather than paid for).
This probably gives a pretty good feel for what Debian is all about:
which you will notice leads into the The Debian Free Software
Guidelines (DFSG), which is where the Open Source Definition came from.
My internet machine, that hosts the Debian UK mirror, may be of use to
OSIE, since it has about 30GB of spare disk, and a 20Mbit/s connection
at a well connected ISP. This machine could act as either a primary
host or mirror site for the web site, and could do DNS secondarying
etc. as well.
Something I'd be interested in working on (although perhaps a SuSE
list is not the right place to spend too much time discussing this ;-)
would be producing Debian CD images, tuned to the needs of educational
Debian has accumulated some funds in the UK, and have been looking for
a worthwhile cause to spend them on (we never really need to pay for
anything that actually makes Debian work, so don't have much use for
money), so we could probably afford to have a few thousand CDs
pressed, and send them out to schools that are interested.
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Anyone got any good web sites for configuring a NIS / YP server (not client)
for a UNIX domain on SUSE. The included documentation in 7.2 is a bit weak.
Plus anyone got web material for SMB network neighbourhood viewing with a
Any Help appreciated.
hi i am new to linex and am seting up one pc for us to experment on i can
get it to access the web i think i need to setup the Lan setting i know wher
it is in M$ IE but not in Netscape
can any one help
I have recently installed Linux and Squid at a school
and it was suggested that if there was a suitable
replacement for Encarta then the school would move
about half ( around 120 ) of their PC's to Linux.
I have been searching for something but have found
nothing so far.
Has anyone any idea if one is available?
Sadly, we have not yet found a suitable replacement, but I gather that
Britannica (a far better alternative, being Euro-centric, rather than
USA-centric) is in HTML format with its own search engine on-board.
My assistant-guru is currently trying to get it to install and run under
Wine, but no joy so far. It may be that one of the Linux search engines
(big choice for Apache) will be able to be modified to mimic the Britannica
> From: Norman <norman.elliott(a)ntlworld.com>
> To: suse-linux-uk-schools(a)suse.com
> Subject: [suse-linux-uk-schools] encyclopedias
> Date: 23 August 2001 14:00
> I have recently installed Linux and Squid at a school
> and it was suggested that if there was a suitable
> replacement for Encarta then the school would move
> about half ( around 120 ) of their PC's to Linux.
> I have been searching for something but have found
> nothing so far.
> Has anyone any idea if one is available?
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I've read the manual and I'm still stuck.
I have an internal ethernet (192.168.1.0) set up where all the clients see one another and talk to my Smoothwall firewall on 192.168.1.250 (GREEN INTERFACE i.e. NIC). They can also see my router (ON RED interface 18.104.22.168) and can ping my ISP's DNS address successfully (22.214.171.124). Yet when I try to use IE, lynx whatever to browse the browser says it is loading the page but downloads nothing. Logging on the router and looking at the stats shows that the line is up and running and being used. So why am I unable to browse?
Many thanks in perplexity
When I installed Kde 2.2 it slightly broke my set up. If I choose to start X
on bootup it will not do so. kdm no longer works.. and I have to use gdm
instead. I haven't experimented much on what has happened yet. Not the end
of the world for me, just annoying.
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Of all God's creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of
the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with a cat it would
improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.
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Hopefully an easy one for someone. I have installed and started using Hylafax
on both of my Linux machines but it has completely disabled my e-mail. The
modem will dial out under root using wvdial but will not open at all with kppp
which is what I prefer to use. Wvdial will not work at all under user so I
assume it is some issue of file or folder ownership but I am not sure what
setting needs to be modified. I have hunted around a bit but can't find an
obvious solution. On one machine it has taken me quite a few man hours to get
a working ISA winmodem working so this is quite a setback.
Anyone know a quick-fix?
I've just installed kde 2.2 on my machine. It is a fantastic piece of work -
I think it's the most impressive thing I've yet seen on the platform. Things
start faster, look better, do more...
I had thought that it might be a bit tricky converting some windows users to
the Linux desktop on the grounds of differences in look and feel. No longer a
problem - you can make it look and feel the same, even to the extent of silly
toys such as fading menus etc.
Anyway - now to the interesting bit. Since startup times were faster, I
installed it on the 32Mb machine just to see what happened.
Two important things happened:
1. KDE now displays a pulsating icon on the pointer by way of an hourglass as
an application starts up so the user is less likely to try and start the
2. In spite of some serious disc thrashing, KWord starts in 10 seconds :)
I'll do some investigation as to whether I can save any memory by discarding
some unnecessary frills and toys, and report back with news of whether or not
the machine is useable under KDE. I've just experimented with getting the
startkde script to startup icewm (thanks for the suggestion Mike). I tried
this yesterday with an older KDE with no effect, however today with KDE 2.2,
I can get KWord to startup under icewm in 15 seconds - a factor of 3 speed
> The trick I'm looking for is probably getting the kde support environment up
> and running as the desktop boots so that the KDE apps can take advantage of
> Sycoca etc. Anyone know how?
One slight tangent ... at home, I run on a P90 with 32 Mb RAM, and I
use blackbox_kde on Mandrake 7. This is a sort of 'KDE' aware slim
line window manager ... may be worth a look (I forget the URL, but
google should provide).
The main point though, is that this wm is linking into KDE somehow,
so it may be worth browsing the blackbox site to see how this is done,
or maybe looking at what is running when blackbox runs ...
I find that kmail takes a little time (few seconds) to start though - so
this may or may not help ... (Netscape takes an age - but thats just netscape
Just a thought.
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this will be inactive in a weeks time ...)