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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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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On Sun 17 Mar, Rob Keeling wrote:
> > I'd be really interested in the steps you had to take to get this
> working -
> > especially any .conf .rc or other files had to be manually tweaked.
> Yep, I had to download samba-2.2.3a.tar.gz from samba.org, compile with
> various switches to turn on winbind, edit /etc/rc.d/smb to start winbind,
> and then edit
> the pam files to make winbind users visable.
OK - which switches?
And (of course) what changes in ../smb
And what changes to pam files? Where are they in SUSE?
(You can assume from this that I don't know much - although I do now know a
lot more than I used to about LINUX!)
> > Have you tried getting the main linux logon to be authenticated by the NT
> Not yet, but KDE now shows all domain users at the logon screen!
> I will be documenting what I did over the next week or so, Ill send you a
> copy if you
Definately! A 'Noddy' guide would be most useful.
Head of Computing
Could someone please advise me on the following,
I am thinking of designing some pages for Paignton Rugby Club, they have
their Colts, and adult side pictures on the net, I would like to add some
of the junior and Mini players, along with results, I am aware there are
guidelines for this, however I am not sure if they apply just to schools.
Thank you for any help
The website is
Come to the Open Source Software Day!
Exeter Uni, Saturay the 27th of April 2002
> Could someone please advise me on the following,
> I am thinking of designing some pages for Paignton Rugby
> Club, they have
> their Colts, and adult side pictures on the net, I would
> like to add some
> of the junior and Mini players, along with results, I am
> aware there are
> guidelines for this, however I am not sure if they apply
> just to schools.
A photograph constitutes personal information so I would imagine it falls
within the Data Protection Act. Get permission from those on it. Or their
Kids photos on the internet? Make sure they are not identifiable by name.
Sad, isn't it?
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Subject: OSS/FS in UK schools [Fwd]
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 16:00:03 +0000
From: "Richard Smedley" <richard.smedley(a)futurenet.co.uk>
I'm a bit behind on the latest developments in the UK
to do this, so I'm hoping that someone else, who knows
Kevin, can you forward this to the SuSE list, I'm not
I'm cross-posting this to the fsfe-edu list as it
hasn't appeared there.
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Subject: [seul-edu] [Fwd: articles about free software in schools]
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 10:16:41 -0500
From: Doug Loss <drloss(a)suscom.net>
Organization: Bloomsburg University
To: seul-edu(a)seul.org, schoolforge-discuss(a)schoolforge.net
Peter Bingel <peter.bingel(a)aventa.de> wrote:
> Hallo Doug,
> my name is Peter Bingel and I'm member of the FSuB (free software and
> education) organisation in Germany.
> I will redact - acompanied by the german Bundeszentrale für politische
> Bildung (federal office for political education) in Bonn - a book over
> the usage of free software in schools.
> In this book i will look "over the fence" to other countries, how the
> use of free software in schools is managed there. What kind of
> experiences do you have made - what you can say over acceptance of free
> software in american schools.
> Can you - or other authors - write an article over this topic?
> The author will be payed by the Bundeszentrale.
> With greetings from Bonn
I have PHP working on our intranet (linux) and I am trying to get ldap to
authenticate against AD using the samaccountname (username) instead of the
users cn, which is either the username or full name depending on how the user
Authentication against the users' cn is fine but I am stuck on how to do it
the the username.
Has anyone come across and solved this problem with php or any other ldap
Can any list members based in schools in Wales interested in a bi-lingual
school information system (includes IT Helpdesk, Library, Finance as well as
CDDB compliant pupil/teacher information set) contact me off list? Open
source, of course...
Central Manchester City Learning Centre