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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
  • 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.


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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