[opensource] New idea for supporting open source group and philosophy, but I need help...

Brian Swaney swaney.29 at osu.edu
Sun May 20 19:05:21 EDT 2007


It looks like I have the space for a few of them, taking up about 650 MB
or so of a typical CD all together. I could still use some help with the
HTMLs if anyone would like to offer. Besides, I don't know a whole lot
about how to write them and thus my style is a bit bland.


-Brian Swaney


On Sun, 2007-05-20 at 17:54 -0400, Jim Dinan wrote:
> Hi Brian,
> 
> These portable apps are configured so that they don't need to be
> installed globally on the system to be used.  Typically people will
> either run them from a USB flash drive or from their personal space on a
> computer where they don't have admin rights.  This doesn't require any
> extra privileges apart from normal user stuff so I don't see why it
> would be a problem.
> 
> If the dept of CSE wanted to prevent people from running their own
> programs on lab computers they could do that via windows security..  But
> that wouldn't make a whole lot of sense since the whole point is that we
> make our own programs.  ;)
> 
>  ~Jim.
> 
> Brian Swaney wrote:
> > I tried one of these portable applications, but what is the difference
> > between them? They still extract themselves, rather than simply run like
> > PuTTY does, but do they still write registries? Can they be run without
> > administrative privileges?
> > 
> > In regards to your comment about running them in the computer lab,
> > wouldn't SoC lab get ticked off at us if we ran "unauthorized" programs
> > from the lab's computers?
> > 
> > 
> > -Brian Swaney
> > 
> > 
> > On Sun, 2007-05-20 at 12:24 -0400, Jim Dinan wrote:
> >> Does OpenCD have the installers for these apps or are they portable
> >> (http://portableapps.com/)?  One way to promote open source would be to
> >> hand out portable app CDs so people can use them right there in the
> >> computer lab.
> >>
> >>   ~Jim.
> >>
> >> Peter Dietz wrote:
> >>> The OpenCD is almost exactly what Bryan is talking about, but I think a
> >>> custom OSU OSS edition is what is intended. That could be pretty cool.
> >>> Since we have a bunch of old ubuntu cds and cases, we could stuff the
> >>> old case with the latest  copy of ubuntu that we've burned, and also put
> >>> in our own OSU Open CD.
> >>>
> >>> If anyone is curious as to why VLC media player is not included in The
> >>> OpenCD, you might want to read their comment page on it.
> >>> http://www.theopencd.org/NewPrograms/VideoLAN-VLC
> >>> <http://www.theopencd.org/NewPrograms/VideoLAN-VLC>
> >>>
> >>> {for those too lazy to follow}
> >>> RolandDeschain           VLC needs a new installer that can download the
> >>> DVD library as an optional extra.
> >>>
> >>> HenrikOmma           Yes, or at the very least it needs to be
> >>> re-packaged without deCSS with a new installer. This should be fairly
> >>> simple (I've done some NSIS stuff recently).
> >>>
> >>> ChrisGray           As we've said above, all we need is a version sans
> >>> deCSS.
> >>
> 
> 
> -- 
> James Dinan <dinan at cse.ohio-state.edu>
> 
> Dept Computer Science and Engineering
>       The Ohio State University
> 
> 



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