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Re: Fedora Spins and "where will this end?"



Sebastian Dziallas schrieb:
Hi all,

as you may have noticed, there has been a kind of discussion concerning the future spins for F10 (and later) on this list. I was just drawing up some statements for a possible Fedora EDU Math Spin [1] (note: this is just a draft for now), but I think there are some points, which should be mentioned.

The question I would like to ask is: "Where will all this lead to?"

I need to explain some things:

I created some time ago this roadmap [2] for the education SIG. In one of our first meetings, we decided to focus first on applications for mathematical purposes - that's how the idea of this EDU Math spin was born. On the other hand, I'm aware of the fact (due to some discussions I had with Warren at the beginning) that there are others, who're building as well spins: Warren announced a K12LTSP spin including his LTSP5-work [3], even if I don't know, how the current state is there [4].

So far so good, but what else do we have? The Astronomy SIG is preparing an astronomy spin, too [5]. And I would bet that there'll be an OLPC (or more specific: a sugar-based) spin more than soon [6] - this has also already been mentioned three month ago in one of the education SIG's meetings [7].

But then, have we already covered all possible topics - even if we stick with the educational purposes for now? I tend to say no! There might be still some place for an Fedora Education Language Spin (hey, why don't why split this one up? - Fedora Education Language English and Fedora Education Language German spin are awaiting their maintainers!)...

Sorry, this might somehow sound inappropriate, but that is just the way it is. Don't get me wrong - I'm even myself a member of the Spin SIG and I applaud everyone's efforts to make use of this innovative technology - and I'm not going to blame anyone for his/her work, but still: I think it's obvious that we're going to run into trouble that way...

What do you think?

Sebastian

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[1] http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/Education
[2] http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/SIGs/Education/Roadmap
[3] https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-devel-list/2008-February/msg00888.html
[4] http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/K12Linux
[5] http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/SIGs/Astronomy/Spin
[6] https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-devel-list/2008-July/msg00926.html
[7] http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/SIGs/Education/Meetings/2008-05-09

(Yeah, I know, somewhat odd to reply to myself, but there's something to add)

By the way: I think, the question is also: Who is going to use all these spins? Is the average user downloading three different education spins? Or isn't he just moving to another distribution with an all-in-one solution?

We had such a discussion in one of the education SIG meetings... somebody predicted teachers asking their students to insert spin 17B for the current lesson.

...just my two cents ;)

Sebastian


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