[Inx] Introduction, Contributing and suggestions

Karl Goetz karl at kgoetz.id.au
Sun Sep 7 03:30:02 PDT 2008

On Wed, 2008-08-20 at 14:30 -0600, Jared Bernard wrote:
> WOW! what a great project. My name is jared and i'm very excited about a 
> X-less Linux distro. I was also trying to develop a similar 
> project, see some of my post on http://bernard-fam.blogspot.com, but since 
> you already have something up and running I would love to help any way I 
> can.

Hey, i'm only replying 3 weeks late!

> I saw some previous mailings asking for suggestions, so here are my 
> suggestions, comments and questions in no particular order:

I'll go through, violently disagree with everything you say, and suggest
that someone else should do the work ;)
Actually i wont. I'll just post a comment or two inline.

> 2. Installer - It looks like you are working on an installer. Are you not 
> able to use the debian installer which is used for the alternative install 
> for Ubuntu?

Not unless we:
A. ship inx as debs, then "install" it into ram for the live session
B. ship both live filesystem+debs on the cd (doubleing disc size)

> 3. Have you approached Distrowatch to track INX?

IIRC peter has ...?

> 4. I have several tutorials by example already written, if you are 
> interested in possibly including them. I envisioned these tutorials 
> opening up in a split screen session, with the tutorial above in less and 
> a shell below for the user to apply what is in the tutorial.


> 5. package suggestions - gcalcli (connects to Google Calendar) 
> http://code.google.com/p/gcalcli/wiki/HowTo, hnb (wiki type note 
> taker), alpine (easy to set up email), mybashburn (cd/dvd burning ), BSDgames

mmm. nethack.

> 7. Website - Can you add a link that lists all the applications? How about
> a forum?

Dont do it!

> 8. Multimedia - have your menu aid the user to play a DVD or other 
> media with mplayer in framebuffer or view an image with fbi or view a PDF with fbgs would be 
> nice.

But would require some hacking.

> I know I've just thrown alot out there, but I'm willing to help. I've 
> thought alot about the structure of a project like this. I'm not
> much of a coder and I haven't looked 
> at your scripts yet, but I want to help where I can.

You sound like the perfect person to be helping, tbh ...

> Thanks,
> Jared Bernard
> "Don't Fear the Penguin!"

Karl Goetz, (Kamping_Kaiser / VK5FOSS)
Debian user / gNewSense contributor
No, I won't join your social networking group

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