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Re: [gNewSense-users] create a stripped version

From: meandean
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] create a stripped version
Date: Sun, 25 May 2008 07:38:10 -0700

-------- Original Message --------
> From: Karl Goetz <address@hidden>
> Sent: Saturday, May 24, 2008 11:18 PM
> To: address@hidden
> Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] create a stripped version
> On Sat, 2008-05-24 at 11:26 -0700, meandean wrote:

> > I am going to do a stripped version of gnewsense that will only include a 
> > basic gnome install and not much else.
> Cool. Is this for low resource systems?

If you want it to be. ;)
It will probably be as 'low resource' as a gnome system can get - although I 
did not specifically make any gconf tweaks to try and make gnome/nautilus use 
even less resources.  I would actually consider it more of a 
roll-your-own-gnome-based-system. Personally, I like gnome but do not like a 
lot of heavy apps and I do not like having things installed that I do not use. 
So that really is the motivation for it.

> It expect can be offical *if*:
>  - it builds using builder
>  - stays free
>  - is named gNewSense-<some defining bit here>
> Note thats not authoritive, just 'i suspect'

Builder is overkill for this purpose IMO. How about a simple customization 
(remaster) of the official ISO? Yes it stays free - nothing added only removed! 
If they could be official builds and be hosted by gnewsense then I would be 
happy to dedicate a good amount of time to doing this. I would gladly create 
some other slim versions of gNewSense with different desktops.

> > or if I need to be sure to acknowledge that it is a unofficial ISO?
> Until it becomes official it would be good if you could be clear its
> unoffical :)

Will do! I hope it is alright to use the gnewsense artwork and even the name as 
long as I make it clear it is an 'unofficial gNewSense deltah'  on the isolinux 
splash screen. I wonder if custom unofficial builds could/should be listed on 
the gnewsense download page under a UNOFFICIAL BUILD heading with a description 
that explains the difference. Having some custom builds (official or 
unofficial) would provide some choice if nothing else.

> >  Also, does gnewsense have any policy/guidelines about unofficial ISOs?
> Not per se, although i'm happy to work with you on some.

Not sure I am the guy for the job. Seems to me the only thing that could be a 
issue would be use of the gnewsense name, logo, and artwork. So a policy that 
covers when and how you are allowed to use the name/logo/artwork and besides 
that ask for some consideration in regards to making it clear it is an 
unofficial version. 
Some ideas:
Ask that the build is designated by the codename and not the release number - 
no confusion about it being a actual release.
Ask that the word UNOFFICIAL be displayed on the isolinux splash screen that is 
shown when someone boots the cd - no way for anyone to miss that.
Maybe require that usage of the name/logo/artwork is restricted to images 
containing only free software.

Thanks for the info/feedback
ps - Should have the ISO done in the next twelve hours or so.

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