[Live-demo] Xubuntu 10.04 available

Hamish hamish_b at yahoo.com
Mon May 10 02:19:15 PDT 2010

I think I can find about 400-450mb (uncompressed) to free up in a few
places. Mostly by disabling MB-System which is already well covered by
the Poseidon Linux livedvd (still no shared library support there so the
binaries for that program are huge), and not really associated with the
OSGeo stack. Also have some ideas about where some data can be pared down
here and there. For removing big games, mono apps, etc  we need to find
or generate a raw 10.04 xubuntu package manifest. remember what is
important is non-shared compressed size, not raw size.

Shared data where possible is great, but for some softwares it really
will want data in its own specialized format. For others step 1 of any
tutorial will be teaching users how to import from GeoTiff, etc. :-)

I just added a new area in the main live-dvd SVN for "artwork". The idea
being that only the final version of the used backdrop needs to be
stored on the disc, the graphics file sources, promo material, etc.
is good to keep in SVN but doesn't need to be copied onto the disc or
checked out by everyone.


"svn move" please to preserve history/reduce back-end bloat; but for that
to work you might need a full checkout of the osgeo/livedvd/ tree, not
just a parallel gisvm/ dir.

if virtualization is problematic for anyone, by using an official
xubuntu livedvd it is really easy to install onto a 4gb+ usb stick,
which you can then use as a persistent-but-disposable test platform.
Great for testing if individual build scripts still work.

assuming this tool can be made available to our WikiMedia space if
we choose to use it:
try it out on the main sidebar of regular Wikipedia.

WikiMedia -> .odt (OpenOffice), DocBook, or PDF.

I am still of the personal 2c opinion that educators can be educated,
with our help, to convert their documents into a wiki page, & that is
possible without raising the technical bar so high as to significantly
affect supply; and that that is the best non-uber-technical (& free)
collaborative documentation tool the world has at its disposal. But as
always I am happy to be proved wrong by the demonstation of a better



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