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.
Say no to software patents! http://petition.eurolinux.org/
Philip Hands. +44 (0)20 7744 6244 philip.hands(a)uk.alcove.com
Alcove UK --- Liberating Software --- http://www.alcove.com/http://www.hands.com/ phil(a)hands.com http://www.uk.debian.org/
thought this might be of interest to some of you :-
> Subject: Microsoft and the British Government - Possible Anti-Competitive Behaviour
> Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2001 15:04:20 +0100
> From: alanh(a)bryngwyn.carmarthen.sch.uk
> To: Erkki.Liikanen(a)cec.eu.int
> I write regarding the current negotiations between the British
> Government and Microsoft in which, to date, Microsoft have been awarded
> a contract to supply the National Health Service with some 60 Million
> (£)'s worth of software licenses.
> I would be grateful if you could inform me of the current state of the
> anti-competition investigation being undertaken by the EU against
> Microsoft, as it appears that more such deals (like that for the NHS)
> are in the pipeline. As the commisioner with responsibility for the
> Information Society I am sure that you are well aware of the potential
> for damage being created by such actions.
> Many Thanks
> Subject: RE: Microsoft and the British Government - Possible Anti-Competit ive Behaviour
> Date: Sun, 9 Dec 2001 14:08:31 +0100
> From: Erkki.Liikanen(a)cec.eu.int
> To: alanh(a)bryngwyn.carmarthen.sch.uk
> CC: Mario.Monti(a)cec.eu.int, Marc.Van-Hoof(a)cec.eu.int, Olli.Rehn(a)cec.eu.int, Per.Haugaard(a)cec.eu.int
> Dear. Mr. Harris,
> I pass your letter to my colleague Mario Monti and his cabinet. He is
> responsible for this issue.
> But still, during investigation I don't believe much more can be said what
> has been in public.
> with best regards
> Erkki Liikanen
> Mr. Erkki Liikanen
> Member of the Commission
> tel. +32-2-295.79.57
> fax +32-2-295.85.61
> secretary; kirsi.larjava(a)cec.eu.int
> tel. +32-2-295.14.40
There may be hope for all of us then?
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With an X server running on a Win32 machine, it's possible to run X
applications (e.g. on Linux) and have them sent over the network to appear
on the Win32 machine.
However, has anybody tried the other way around -- having Windows
applications appearing on a Linux desktop, the Windows applications all
being run through a specific Windows (NT) based application server?
I am trying to use DHCP to configure the the IP addresses of a number of
SuSE 7.3 boxes,
The DHCP server is running NT 4 SP6a, and is working perfectly with MS
SuSE will only initalise the network if I manually set the ip address etc.
The linux DHCPclient seems to just hang, rather than obtaining a lease.
Anyone any idea whats wrong/what to look for?
Queen Elizabeth`s Grammar School
I'm trying to get my pcmcia lan card working in my vaio laptop.
The card is a 3 com and is supported by suse 7.3.
When I boot with the card in the pcmcia services start ok (two high beeps)
and the boot continues onto the last item, but when it tries to start X the
screen stays blank.
If I remove the card at this stage the system carries on and boots into X. If
I login and insert the card and try to ping my local network I get
destination unreachable. I can start and stop rcpcmcia successfully but if I
try ifconfig eth0 down up the machine locks.
If I boot without the card in and login as a user the same thing happens.
However, if I boot without the card, login as root and insert the card the
network, the card works straight away (without having to restart rcpcmcia
I can then logout and log back in as a user and all is well.
It's also probably worth setting up a machine as a '.deb' cache, so that
you only need to download the updated packages once - rather than for
I am trying to find some way of configuring VPN on our school system, we
have a number of
laptops running NT4 workstation, each with internet access via freeserve or
The school has a 2mb Broadband connection provided by EMBC, which I know is
I have some external (internet) IP addresses which are mapped by EMBC to our
internal IP addresses,
so our gateway machine has an external address of 10.4.172.250 but is
accessible by a real ip address
on the internet and has an external DNS entry.
I have (tried) reading the VPN howto etc but have got lost in what will do
what! what I need to find out is :-
What do I need to install on a gateway machine, currently running freesco,
but looking at Ipcop at the moment.
What do I have to do at the client end (the simpler the better....)
Which ports do I need to ask EMBC to open on their firewall for all this to
Thanks, I know this is a lot to ask!
Queen Elizabeth`s Grammar School
you may be aware that StarOffice 6.0 final release is due very soon and
that it will have an educational license cost. Details from the NAACE
conference this week.-
- £50 per primary, £150 per secondary, for two sets of CD.s
- covers staff and student home use
- telephone support
Learning Pathways are the distributors/resellers/support for Sun in the
schools market and state that this cost will help them develop training
and support for schools.
if you want to contact them, http://www.learnpath.com
interested in your reaction
Red Hat Europe
t: +44 1483 734955 m: +44 7720 079845
On Sunday 24 February 2002 18:59, Dan Kolb wrote:
> On Sunday 24 Feb 2002 18:43 pm, Matt Williams wrote:
> Have you checked the partition types? It's possible that your ex-FAT
> partition is still marked as being a DOS/Windows partition in the partition
> To check: go into Linux as root, and type "fdisk /dev/hda".
> Type 'p' to show the partition types, and note what's written by the
> 'System' column - the Linux one should be ID 83 (System: Linux). Chances
> are, if Win2k is detecting it, it's marked as some DOS/Windows ID. To
> change it, type 't' to change a partition type; then enter the partition
> number (which you got from printing it via 'p'), enter "83" to mark it as a
> Linux partition (so Windows won't recognise it as drive D:)
Here's the output of p:
Disk /dev/hda: 255 heads, 63 sectors, 1467 cylinders
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 1045 8393931 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda2 1046 1467 3389715 f Win95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda5 1046 1062 136521 82 Linux Swap
/dev/hda6 1063 1467 3253131 83 Linux
I'm guessing that it's something to do with hda2 yes?
It won't let me change it unless I delete it (as you probably know).
If it is this can I get rids of it without killing the rest of the linux