Freeduc-USB

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Freeduc-USB 2.0 at RMLL 2010

The second version of Freeduc-USB will be publicly delivered during the meeting RMLL 2010 in Bordeaux, from the 6th to the 11th July 2010. Do visit OFSET's booth in the association village.

A first version of Freeduc-USB has been tested during year 2010 in lycée Jean Bart, Dunkirk, France.

Features of Freeduc-USB 2.0

  • a wooden case to express vital impetus and sustainability (even if we all know that most of the carbon footprint of a usb stick is not due to its case)
  • OFSET's logo and a short laser-burnt phrase on the case
  • 4 GB approx. of memory in order to achieve a low cost
  • contents based on MicroKnoppix for very fast boot, a lightweight desktop interface, and a collection of educational software comprising at least all of OFSET's developers'products
  • a short presentation of our association
  • a short document about free software, its advantage for education
  • a utility to clone the stick itself, to enable it to spread quickly

The software contents

Choice of the distribution

Freeduc-CD was based on Knoppix, I (Georgesk 17:57, 2 June 2010 (UTC)) suggest to make Freeduc-USB based on MicroKnoppix (Knoppix V6.0). The reasons are:

  • Knoppix relies on Debian/Ubuntu, the diversity of packages maintained for those distributions is the larger available
  • OFSET's website already features a non-official Debian repository, which allows us to maintain easily custom packages
  • http://debian.ofset.org already features the package freeduc-usb, which makes easier many operations to prepare bootable USB keys
  • MicroKnoppix boots in 30 seconds on most recent machines
  • I (Georgesk 17:57, 2 June 2010 (UTC)) am used to hack with Knoppix

The set of educational packages and their customisation (enventually)

  • LXDE, wich is a most lightweight, still featureful, desktop graphic environment
  • Collatinus
  • Other latin software
  • Algotutor
  • Etoys and DrGeo II with Pharo environment, iStoa (not ready)
  • ghemical, pyacidobasic, pymecavideo, pysatellites
  • wims (local server with a selection of modules)
  • links to gnuedu, logilogi
  • all of the selection found in Freeduc-CD 1.5 ??
  • Scratch

Discussion about the creation of this release of Freeduc-USB

This section should be migrated in an archive when the USB stick will be released. It is intended to coordinate OFSET members'work to create Freeduc-USB 2.0

Ordering and buying the first small series of USB sticks

  • informations given by Ceasar SUN
  • choice of the logical size: 4GB ??
  • choice of the case: slim, wooden case ?? a width of 19 mm allows to plug many USB sticks in a hub (20 mm between slots) to clone the contents quickly
  • choice of the logo and other printable images/words, to be engraved with a laser. One single color is available.

Logo and words to laser-engrave

Remember that the laser can only make one modification of color in the material.

Propositions:

SVG format, should be managed with Inkscape
PNG format (exported by inkscape)

Should both faces of the stick be engraved?

If so, make a proposition for the logo. Hereafter are a few variations with the word "Freeduc-USB" written with different fonts, than concerted to a vectorial path.

A proposition for both faces

The same, exported as a PNG file by Inkscape (at 60 ppi):

How to distribute Freeduc-USB 2.0

during events: which price ? how do we promote it ? (flyers, poster)

from our website:

  • already installed on a USB stick with our logo (which price, how promoted, how posted?)
  • as an image and an installer (do we require membership?)
  • as a bittorrent feed (how do we ensure security?)
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