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Revision as of 07:58, 6 January 2009


The mailing list is archived here and at Gmane

Long Term Plan

Following the BOF session on 1 Oct, 2008 in Cape Town (and IRC), we've developed a broad plan for the future of the LiveDVD project. I will attempt to summarise it.

Use Cases

There are multiple use cases for this product:

  • Demo DVD that can be handed out at conferences.
    This will contain a wide variety of applications, preconfigured with some sample data and containing introductory tutorials. It should be able to function completely offline, at least within the scope of the tutorials, and should provide an introduction to many products. This is very much a Live DVD, and as such should be conservative with regards to size (it will be run from RAM).
  • Education DVD
    This seems to be a more involved version than the Demo DVD, including more involved material, including train-the-trainer style material. This is targeted at those who will be teaching others, be it in workshops or university classes/labs. My expectation (mleslie: feel free to correct me) is that this is more likely to be installed on machines and used as a teaching resource, as opposed to a toy to play with, as with the Demo DVD. This will require material developed through the.
  • Workstation Install DVD
    This need was seen in Cape Town, where the bandwidth seems to be a very limiting factor. Using the DVD to install either a complete OS, a set of packages to an existing Linux, or Windows installers completely offline is of great value in the developing world. Would it be of greater value to lose the Edu or demo material and put in complete application documentation?


The way forward was seen to require some proper packaging of every module used in the various products. This means that every application needs to be packaged in a .deb file. Datasets will be packaged in their own .deb files. Application configurations, tutorials, documentation, education materials and the like would then be packaged separately, with dependencies defined to ensure the data and applications they need are in place.

Once these packages are created, it will be fairly easy to cut special-purpose images containing subsets of the available packages. Standard images can be defined using 'virtual packages' that only contain dependencies.

More information on our packaging efforts can be found here: Live_GIS_Disc_Packages

Scripts and Tutorials

Besides debian-packages the project tries to provide scripts and tutorials on how to create a Live DVD. This will help interested people to create their own Live DVD customized for their personal needs.

Available Tutorials, Scripts, Instructions...

Next Steps

Live_GIS_Disc_Packages documents what is currently available through Debian repositories and OSGeo repositories, and what still needs to be packaged.

The immediate steps (as of 2 Oct, 2008) are:

  • Get a repository up and running (Tim Bowden as volunteered as repo maintainer, with guidance from Chris Schmidt)
  • Complete the proper packaging of everything that made it on to the FOSS4G 2008 version
  • Prod the Edu group for content that can be packaged.

Future Targets

Here is an attempt at a list of milestones that should have DVD image releases.

  • GIS Day 2008, November 19th 2008
  • AAG 2009, March 2009
  • FOSS4G 2009, November 2009

How to contribute?

Collaborating on a Live DVD is not that simple. Basically, only one person at a time can work on the image. Also up- and downloading iso-images is rather tedious. This was one of the reasons, why we decided to package everything that is supposed to go on the DVD in debian-packages.

So the best and easiest way to contribute is to create packages for geospatial applications that have not been packaged yet, for sample data, configurations or examples.

Also this allows everyone who wants to create a customized version of the Live DVD can install all the packages and examples and data he wants on and create his own ISO-image.

Available Live Discs

FOSS4G 2008 LiveDVD

The discussion and planning for the FOSS4G 2008 LiveDVD has been archived here.

The index page of the DVD is now here.

The DVD is available for download at http://download.osgeo.org/livedvd.

Arramagong LiveDVD

Currently LISAsoft is working on the Arramagong Live DVD, which was initially based on Ominiverdi's Live CD.

Arramagong is, like Ominiverdi's Live DVD, based on Xubuntu (currently v8.04). Arrmagong adds a variety of geospatial software to it. This software is preconfigured and comes with sample data and projects, so after booting from the DVD, they can be immediately tested.

Recently LISAsoft released the a first beta version of Arramagong 1.0.

Arramagong Links

Links to related projects

build scripts in SVN

Links to Build tool options