[Live-demo] Re: [Foss4g2010] Re: [Workshops] FOSS4G 2010 Call for Workshops and Tutorials is open

Alex Mandel tech_dev at wildintellect.com
Fri Jan 22 09:14:07 PST 2010

Price has been the only major holdup on USB sticks. I've used them in
the past on all sorts of hardware and they usually don't have any more
compatibility issues than the DVDs (top 2 issues are displays and
wireless cards). I have not come across any recent machine that can't
boot from usb. The best part about a USB install is that you can make it
persistent so files a user makes while booted are saved to the drive,
including updates to make wireless work or config tweaks for other hardware.

Not having gotten any quotes yet my guess is the price is $6-8 ea for
4GB usb sticks. Price for DVDs is $2-3 ea.(I have started getting quotes
for these)


Lorenzo Becchi wrote:
> Hi all, using USB sticks was an idea I've been wandering for a while.
> I've been using it in a workshop organized by the portugal chapter and they
> worked well. Anyway, as always, some hardware incompatibilities can arise.
> let's try to evaluate all opinions.
> lorenzo
> On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 11:37 AM, Oscar Fonts
> <oscar.fonts.lists at gmail.com>wrote:
>> Cameron et al,
>> I have no experience with Live DVD, but I'm lurking at the Live-demo
>> mail list, in case FOSS4G workshop/tutorial specific questions arise.
>> If you (or other LiveDVD guru) would mind to join the FOSS4G2010
>> Workshop commitee [1] and the conference-workshops list, we both could
>> act as the link between FOSS4G 2010 and LiveDVD v.4 efforts.
>> It would be great to deliver a 4 GB USB stick as in other conferences
>> [2] instead of a DVD, as many light notebooks/netbooks don't have DVD
>> readers anymore. Don't know if booting from an USB has its technical
>> drawbacks. USB memory sticks are expensive, but we could find a
>> sponsor cover that by stamping its logo on it?
>> Regards,
>> Oscar.
>> [1]
>> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_2010_Workshops#Workshop_Committee_Members
>> [2] http://tweetphoto.com/9273560
>> 2010/1/20 Lorenzo Becchi <lorenzo at ominiverdi.com>:
>>> Cameron, the budget is not yet at its final version becuase we are
>> waiting
>>> to know the updated prices for all services on year 2010.
>>> Thank to your experience I think you are the best person to evaluate how
>>> much the LiveDVD should cost to the organization.
>>> can you do an estimate, please?
>>> lorenzo
>>> On Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 8:17 PM, Cameron Shorter <
>> cameron.shorter at gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Oscar Fonts wrote:
>>>>> Barcelona, Spain. 15 January 2010.
>>>>> FOSS4G Live DVD: LiveDVDs, based on the Xubuntu operating system and
>>>>> including Geospatial Open Source Software, will be given to all
>>>>> delegates. Users can boot a Live DVD on their computer and trial the
>>>>> software without installing or effecting the existing system.
>>>>> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Live_GIS_Disc
>>>> Lorenzo, Oscar and others,
>>>> Has there been budget set aside to print the LiveDVD and hand out to all
>>>> delegates at foss4g2010? (as was the case for 2009).
>>>> If that is the case, then we will have a very compelling reason for
>>>> project owners to work on the liveDVD, and I will give my personal
>>>> commitment to work on the packaging efforts of the liveDVD, and while I
>>>> can't speak for the other team members of the liveDVD, I expect that
>> they
>>>> will continue to contribute too.
>>>> This mutual commitment to LiveDVD goals will help both of us producing a
>>>> compelling liveDVD and foss4g experience.
>>>> PS, I suggest also setting up a mutual commitment between foss4g and the
>>>> WMS shootout, and probably a Desktop shootout too.
>>>> --
>>>> Cameron Shorter
>>>> Geospatial Systems Architect
>>>> Tel: +61 (0)2 8570 5050
>>>> Mob: +61 (0)419 142 254
>>>> Think Globally, Fix Locally
>>>> Geospatial Solutions enhanced with Open Standards and Open Source
>>>> http://www.lisasoft.com

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