Debian Jr. Readying for Release
February 4th, 2002
It has been a while since I've reported on how Debian Jr. is going. Yes, we're still here and still forging ahead. A number of improvements have been made to the Debian Jr. web site to give people a better idea of what we've accomplished, and where we are headed. So please have a look: https://www.debian.org/devel/debian-jr
Here are the important developments over the past year:
- Most of our energy today is focused on ensuring Debian Jr. packages are all at least in a releasable state for Woody. We help to deal with bugs against packages we list, or find suitable replacement packages if the ones we have chosen cannot be made ready for release.
- We have completed a good base set of 'junior-' meta packages for Debian Jr. users. The task-junior package is now obsolete, replaced by the new tasksel entry which is functionally equivalent. Selecting "Debian Jr." in tasksel will populate your system with most of the packages in Debian Jr. The rest can be obtained by individually installing those 'junior-' packages that are not installed by tasksel. See the junior-doc package for details. The "quick guide" in this package covers installation.
- The logo page has been updated. It is linked from our home page, listed above. I honestly cannot say if we're any closer to deciding on one at this point. (Logo selection is fairly low priority compared to getting things ready for release.)
- While continuing to look for someone to form a separate debian-edu group, it has become fairly clear that since nobody has stepped forward to do this yet, Debian Jr. will need to cover some aspects of Debian in education. We have therefore taken membership in the newly formed Schoolforge coalition, a group of "independent organisations that advocate, use and develop open resources for primary and secondary education". Over the coming year, we'll be on the lookout for developers who would like to see Debian used in the schools and find work for them in Debian Jr.
- The child-oriented menus design discussion, as interesting as it was at the time, fizzled, producing nothing. I blame first my own lack of interest in carrying the implementation forward. Second, it seems the principal work, that of simply packaging free children's software for Debian, and ensuring it is all release ready, consumes all of our energies for now.
- OSEF, the Open Source Education Foundation, has kindly donated a vintage laptop (K6-233, 810M drive) to the Debian Jr. project. It is en route to my house as I write this. We are grateful for the donation which will be immediately put to use as a Debian Jr. system in my household. It will be kept up-to-date with sid and will be valuable in identifying strengths and weaknesses of our packages on such older hardware.