[Live-demo] Starting the build process for OSGeo-Live 9.5

Angelos Tzotsos gcpp.kalxas at gmail.com
Sat Nov 28 03:44:15 PST 2015

On 11/28/2015 01:24 PM, Cameron Shorter wrote:
> I had the following email sent directly to me.
> I'm responding publicly to the OSGeo-Live list as I there may be 
> others with suggestions, but have removed the sender's name.
> On 23/11/2015 6:36 am, XXX wrote:
>> Is it possible to add more desktop managers? Lubuntu has just LXDE. 
>> With the current project, when I try to use another manager (GNOME or 
>> Cinnamon), lots of programs stop working (and I really don't 
>> understand why).
>> This is not really a matter of functionality. It's just that I don't 
>> enjoy working in a Windows-like distribution of Linux. I think GNOME 
>> is a environment that aims productivity.
> For OSGeo-Live, we only support one desktop manager, primarily as 
> reduces the amount of testing required in getting the release out. 
> Lubuntu is the desktop we use because it is small and we try to keep 
> the size small enough to fit on a DVD.
> We'd be happy to see another distribution supported as a branch, but I 
> expect it will be quite a bit of effort. Volunteers are always welcome.

During the build procedure we customize the desktop environment in order 
to add the geospatial menu, the desktop items etc. We do not do this 
customization on the packaging level: we do not produce derivative deb 
files of LXDE.

Instead we execute:
which customizes the desktop post-install.

To achieve what is suggested here would require us to fork debian 
packaging of other desktop environments (GNOME, KDE etc) and make sure 
that all applications work fine on those environments.
 From my experience, every major GNU/Linux distribution has a dedicated 
team of maintainers for each desktop environment supported.

Short answer: we could do that if we had enough hands to help.

>> There's also a recommendation of adding a program called SPRING 
>> (http://www.dpi.inpe.br/spring/english/index.html). I underestimated 
>> this software for remote sensing image processing. My mistake. I 
>> never saw a software transform a scanned map (raster) into vector so 
>> fast and so perfectly. And I will not mention the awesome speed of 
>> its supervised classification. It's astounding. I never witnessed 
>> something alike. Not in free or proprietary software.
>> Sadly! This software will not be supported anymore. I hope someone 
>> fork it in some moment.
> If this project is as good as you suggest, and there is a community 
> behind the project who wish to do the work to bring the project to 
> OSGeo-Live, then we would certainly consider it.
> The process is described here:
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Live_GIS_Disc#Including_OSGeo-Live_at_your_event 



>> And... That's it!
>> Thanks!
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Angelos Tzotsos, PhD
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