Debian-Lex is an internal project to develop Debian into an operating system that is particularly well fit for the requirements for legal offices. The goal of Debian-Lex is a complete system for all tasks in legal practice which is built completely on free software.
Debian-Lex will contain a set of meta packages that declare dependencies on other Debian packages, and that way the complete system is prepared for solving particular tasks. We hope that there will soon be a framework for flavours of Debian on which Debian-Lex will be based.
We also envisage that Debian-Lex will add value to existing packages by providing customised templates for lawyers. For example, templates would be provided for OpenOffice.org, SQL-Ledger and a sample database schema for PostgreSQL.
[23 August 2005] Debian Lex is looking for a new co-ordinator.
[11 August 2003] Our CVS server is up with initial versions of Debian-Lex packages
[2 May 2003] Press: Aussie leads development of open source O-S for lawyers
[23 Apr 2003] Debian-Lex makes DWN!
[19 Apr 2003] Initial proposal to developers
The first attempt to put the projects into categories might be not the best. Send any suggestions for improvements to the mailing list.
- Legal office administration
- Court administration
- Legal desktop
- Legal research
- Legal office server
- Build a solid software base for legal practice with emphasis on easy installation, easy maintenance and security.
- Bring authors of different projects with similar goals together.
- Test suite for easy evaluation of the quality of legal software.
- Provide information and documentation of legal software.
- Help upstream authors to get their products packaged for Debian.
- Show commercial software companies the strengths of a solid base system and make them consider to port their software to Linux or even to switch to Open Source.
- Work on enhancing and translating these web pages.
- Create a logo (here is an example, also in GIMP format, and here is the legal TuX on which it is based).
- Packaging the above-mentioned software projects for Debian.
- Building meta packages for different tasks.
- Documentation and translation.
- Internationalization (which is more than just translating because of the different legal systems).
- Building a live CD (perhaps based on Knoppix).
Once we have something to show for this project, and indeed even in the formative stages of this project, we are being watched by the eyes of the world. We will necessarily want to work with firstname.lastname@example.org to get the word out and to help give Debian and this project the kind of exposure we want. For this purpose we will build a collection of slides of talks about Debian-Lex.