On May 31, Micah Yoder wrote regarding "Re: SEUL: A few thoughts": > > Greg Bell wrote: > > > we have to look at what a devices a 'stock' computer has. A zip > > distribution has been mentioned but zip drives are still a relatively > > rare beast amoung computer users. I would have to cast my vote for a > > Not really. Quite a number of people and organizations I know of have > one. whoah! folks, are you trying to build a new distribution? slow down a little, there's more than plenty as it is. take something like debian, add some rather more comfy installation frontends plus some admin & config tools that are probably less functional than those existing, definitely less functional than hand scripting, but hopefully rather more pretty to look at and thus more comforting. as for hardware support: a little dos-program with an ascii-frontend to choose between two, possible three basic bootdisks that prompts the user to insert the correct disk at the correct time should suffice; remember, we have modular kernels; remember, that quite a lot of params that the unprobeable devices require can be read from c:\config.sys; remember, _everyone_ has access to a cd-rom _somewhere_ - a can't really imagine a home user w/ a 486 or somesuch that has an internal zip drive that can't be hooked to his shiny new ppro200 (with 4 megs ram or so, but that's beside the point for now <g>) but no cd-rom in the same machine... either it's an external zip that he'll be able to hook up to the big brother (er... watch out for different config.sys files in such cases) and create from the cd, or he'll have a cd-rom in the target computer anyway. what it boils down to is: ask, what hardware he/she/it wishes to install from, and make sure the appropriate module is on the bootdisk and is loaded with the correct parameters. > > the factor of having to maintain multiple distribution on multiple > > We'll probably just distribute this as a bunch of package files and a > few install programs and scripts. precisely. write the stuff, package it as .deb and as .rpm, gpl the whole lot, and give it to redhat and the debian project. full stop. > > Just a small note: There has been a message about getting linux into > > grade schools [...] <ahem> there's more countries than the us, you know. thinking about schools is in itself nothing wrong, but don't discuss the problems of advocacy here. that's what comp.os.linux.advocacy and friends are for. cheers, Gabriel -- Dawson's First Law: You don't have enough outlets. email will be posted as i see fit.