[Edu-sig] What Linux distro?

kirby urner kirby.urner at gmail.com
Tue Apr 21 15:56:18 CEST 2009

Yeah and no problem distributing closed Windows binary, self installs,
in fair trade for Uncle Sams (or other currency), in order to earn
enough dough to "give back" to the wxPython community via Debian
headwaters or whatever.

Many of us have day jobs that in some way leverage the fact that
Windows users don't know what "a compiler" is, not that Python really
needs one (but your app is more than Python plus binary distros
require install tools).

PySol is another famous closed source example that's been out there
for years.  I forget if bittorrent is open source, even if free, lemme


Woah duh, you bet it is, also wxPython in some incarnations.

Just be clear that nothing in the Python license requires you to make
your Python source public, whereas Python itself is public and
available through Python.org


On Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 6:21 AM, Fahreddın Basegmez <mangabasi at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Edwards
> On Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 4:05 AM, Edward Cherlin <echerlin at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 12:35 PM, Fahreddın Basegmez
>> <mangabasi at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I have been developing a programmable scientific visualization
>>> tool/rapid game maker with wxPython for a while.  I recently released
>>> the first public beta version that works on windows only.  Now, I am
>>> going to start working on a Linux version very soon.  I have not
>>> decided which distro to use yet but leaning towards Ubuntu.  Could you
>>> give me some feedback?  What is the most popular distro in educational
>>> institutes/settings?
>> It is not at all a choice of just one distribution. We all want what
>> you are doing, and we cooperate to make it available everywhere.
>> Packagers for many distributions will take hold of anything that
>> becomes available from a suitable upstream source. I am copying this
>> to Jonas Smedagaard, a Debian packager who can give you better advice
>> than I can on getting started. Anything in a Debian package is likely
>> to flow through to Ubuntu, Edubuntu, and other distributions fairly
>> rapidly.
>> You can also get help putting your software into Red Hat Fedora, and
>> from there into another whole stream of distributions. I am copying
>> this to Greg DeKoenigsberg, a Red Hat community organizer, who can
>> help you make the right contacts there.
>> Those two will get your software launched in all of the most popular
>> distributions, including several education-specific distributions, and
>> numerous language-specific distributions around the world. If you
>> would like to follow up on that, you can contact the localization
>> groups for Fedora, Debian, and Ubuntu.
>> Lastly, I would suggest getting your software into Sugar for the One
>> Laptop Per Child XO and other systems. You should join the Sugar
>> Development mailing list at http://lists.sugarlabs.org for that.
>> Again, Sugar software feeds to Fedora, Debian, and so on from there,
>> and Sugar is being localized into something like 80 languages. Sugar
>> has well over a million education users, with many more on the way.
>>> You can download the application from www.mekanimo.net.
>>> Also I have a 5 min video at
>>> http://mekanimomedia.s3.amazonaws.com/tangram/Tangram.html
>>> If you try the application, I would appreciate your feedback about that too.
>>> Thanks in advance,
>>> Fahri Basegmez
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> Hi Edwards,
> I just fired up an Ubuntu 8.10 based PC yesterday and I liked what I
> saw a lot.  I think you are right, Debian should be the starting
> point.  Once it works in Ubuntu (or Debian), porting to Fedora or
> other systems should be doable too.
> I talked to Walter Bender in May/07 when Mekanimo was very, very
> primitive, he and Nicholas Negroponte wanted to include it in OLPC but
> I was told that wxPython would not run due to some constraints the
> machines/Sugar had.  I realize a lot changed since then ;)
> Thank you very much for the contact info, I am sure I will need help porting it.
> Regards,
> Fahri
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