--- Chris Howells <chrish(a)gmx.co.uk> wrote:
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It's a long story, but basically I have been
increasing annoyed with RM
recently. Therefore, I would like to create a Linux
distribution which works
in a similair manner to RM connect. What do people
think of these proposals?
I can't guaranteee that it's going to happen or
quickly (I'm busy with school
and developing KDE), but if some people want to help
as well, then it just
Sounds very good. I'm not sure I could help
(technically speaking), but I'd be willing.
I would like to learn about Kiskstart, and then
combine it with a floppy. That'd be good - and easy to
do I'd think.
For those who don't know, and could give a monkey's...
RM Connect sits on top of vanilla NT. They've just
released version 3 that put's XP on the desktop. The
version people probably actually have is 2.x which
puts 98 (and 95) on the desktop. It has these
advantages as standard (i.e. it comes like it, you
don't have to footle too much):
1) It allows someone with lowish skills to bung in a
floppy disk and hit 'build'. It connects to server and
does a automatic install of Windows. (Yes, you can do
this with NT - I don't have to mention that it can be
done easily with linux right?)
2) It has a package manager that allows you to install
an app on one workstation, test it, configure it, then
export it to any/all others. (Yes, I'm sure this could
be done with NT (better alternatives withlinux))
3) Topics - which allows you to group desktop icons
into a topic and then allocate a topic to
people/groups. It _SLOWS_ down log ons incrediably -
so I did away with them. Just assign a different
desktop to a year group, and two sets of staff. I have
about 9 desktop configs, and just assign them. Log ons
have got much faster. (Yes, this can of course be done
in vanilla NT (I haven't got my head round this with
Linux yet - I prefer KDE, but I'm not quite sorted on
how to sort out menus/dekstops for different groups. I
just need to think about it for a bit. I'm trying this
at the moment)).
I can't think of anything else really. Does it work?
Hmm - kinda. Do I like it? Not really, but it doesn't
offend me. I wouldn't have chosen it. It was already
installed when I arrived at the school. It was bloody
expensive. At my last place I installed a Linux
server. I know which I prefer. I'm not a member of any
RM in UK schools mailing lists! :)
As for the WindowBox stuff, I _never_ touch it. Very
expensive for very average apps that you can replace
with free stuff.
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