[Live-demo] Someone said I should start posting things here about USB based service building . . .

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at lisasoft.com
Thu Oct 1 12:47:56 PDT 2009

Hi  Bob,
That sounds really interesting, and would complement the linux based 
packaging that we have been doing the the arramagong Live DVD and 
Virtual Machine project.

In particular, we have a build process where any project which can write 
a shell install script for an Ubuntu environment will be included on the 
Live DVD.

It would now be quite easy to extend that to include a boot from USB 
release as well. (You might want to write this).

However, I understand you are targeting windows, and I think that is a 
great idea. I suggest building upon the osgeo4w project which is 
building projects for windows. Frank Warnerdam can probably point you in 
the right direction to get started.

Bob Basques wrote:
> All,
> I've been experimenting the last couple of weeks with building out a 
> standalone mapping service running from USB.   Things are kind of 
> gel-ing around portableApps (for windows) so far.  I did try other 
> combinations of things though, Portable FireFox (from Mozilla) with 
> the POW extension, FF (packaged via portableApps) with Apache 
> Portable, Full Apache with portable FF, Full Apache with FF from 
> PortableApps.
> I finally got FULL Apache to do what I was looking to do.   I was 
> really wanting the POW extension for FF to be workabale though, since 
> it would make portability across OS's much nicer.  I may go back and 
> hit that again using what I've learned and see if I can still make 
> that work.  The one click option seems like it might be nicer this 
> way, since all the user would need to do is start FF from the USB. 
>  Database services may be problematic with this approach though, but I 
> could build in a controller right into the Browser for this.
> So, where am I at now.  PortableApps/XAMPP seems to be the best option 
> for Windows which is what I started working on.  I intend to attack 
> MAC and Linux as well.  The end result is to have a standalone mapping 
> service start up either automatically after insertion into the USB 
> and/or a one click startup, that may, at some future date, also update 
> itself from some master services yet to be named.  :c)
> bobb
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