[Live-demo] Building linux OSGeo distributions from OSGeo-Live?

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Thu Nov 25 14:10:45 PST 2010

Over the last 6 months or so, we have seen a number of people show 
interest in building targeted GeoSpatial ubuntu based distributions by 
leveraging the OSGeo-Live build scripts.

This email aims to introduce people to the various initiatives, with the 
aim of finding synergies that we can all build upon.

Today we've started our build process for the next OSGeo-Live release, 
due out mid March 2011.
Announcement here: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Live_GIS_Disc_Press_Release_11

For OSGeo-Live, we have install scripts for over 40 Geospatial 
applications, along with marketing and quickstart documentation.
While the focus of OSGeo-Live is to produce a DVD/USB to give to new 
users at conferences and the like, the install scripts could be easily 
tweaked to create a targeted distribution, like EasySDI, Poseidon Linux, 
gisvm, etc.

In the OSGeo-Live team, we currently have:
  ~ 25 people maintaining the scripts and documentation.
~ 10 people helping with testing
~ 15 people involved in translation
~ 3 people working on the packaging

I'm very keen to see if we can help build other distributions from the 
OSGeo-Live scripts.
This would make it much easier for OSGeo projects to market themselves, 
as they only need to keep their scripts and documentation maintained in 
one location, and then know that their package many be distributed out 
through multiple channels.

So I now invite interested parties to introduce themselves. Who would 
like to help out? What existing packaging distributions are potentially 
interested in being involved? What would need to be put in place to help 
build other distributions?

Potentially interested projects:



Who have I missed?

See also:

Cameron Shorter
Geospatial Solutions Manager
Tel: +61 (0)2 8570 5050
Mob: +61 (0)419 142 254

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