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The purpose of the current spin is to create a ready-to-go development environment for contributing to educational packages within the Fedora ecosystem.

The next spin release date is July 19, 2009, planned to coincide with POSSE. Because of this date, it will be based on Fedora 11 for stability.

POSSE participants (professors teaching courses in open-source participation during the next school year) will serve as this spin's target user base; more broadly, our target users are professors teaching classes (not necessarily education classes) who want their students to contribute to open-source education efforts as part of their coursework. Note that this does not preclude pre-university learners from using this environment! We are just trying to solve the university-contribution problem first, since that's where we think we will have the most starting leverage.


Help: For ways to track issues, please refer to our documentation on trac [1]!

target date milestone
2009-06-15 First snapshot of the spin is released; maintainers contacted, packaging frenzy begins.
2009-07-10 Last day to update packages. Anything not working will be removed.
2009-07-17 Feature freeze: no new features allowed without approval. Final testing begins.
2009-07-19 Final testing ends. Final image creation takes place.
2009-07-20 Media production and distribution starts at POSSE 2009.


The features list is currently in the brainstorm phase.

What things would you like to see included in this spin? If a feature request maps to a specific package (or bugzilla ticket), please include a link. Wild ideas are fine! Please don't delete anything from this list (yet) - we're trying to generate ideas right now.

package included notes
sugar-desktop x sort additional dependencies out
gnome-desktop x remove unneeded stuff
kdeedu x tools to look good in gnome
firefox x bookmark package needed
xchat-gnome x default changes to be added
python x including pygame and numpy
openoffice x writer, math, calc and impress are in
inkscape x
gimp x
eclipse x whole eclipse group including python and rpm support
development tools x stuff like gcc, make, autoconf
latex x included the lyx editor
octave x
gnuplot x
virtualization x qemu and packages for hardware support
moodle x pulls php in
sugar-jhbuild not included yet, needs to be packaged
dbus-sharp dbus bindings for mono code
diffutils A GNU collection of diff utilities
frysk Frysk execution analysis and debugging tools
gcc Various compilers (C, C++, Objective-C, Java, ...)
gcc-c++ C++ support for GCC
gforth Fast and portable implementation of the ANS Forth language
git-core essential - Git source control system
gtk-recordmydesktop GUI Desktop session recorder with audio and video
gtk-sharp2 GTK+ and GNOME bindings for Mono
iputils Network monitoring tools including ping
latencytop analyse latency
m4 The GNU macro processor
make A GNU tool which simplifies the build process for users
mono-core The Mono CIL runtime, suitable for running .NET code
mono-devel mono development tools
mono-extras Provides the infrastructure for running and building daemons and services with Mono as well as various stub assemblies
nasm Assembly language code compiler
nc Reads and writes data across network connections using TCP or UDP
ncurses-devel Development files for the ncurses library
netpbm-progs Tools for manipulating graphics files in netpbm supported formats
pam-devel Files needed for developing PAM-aware applications and modules for PAM
patch The GNU patch command, for modifying/upgrading files
powertop analyse power usage
pylint Analyzes Python code looking for bugs and signs of poor quality
recordmydesktop Desktop session recorder with audio and video
redhat-rpm-config Red Hat specific rpm configuration files.
rpm-build Scripts and executable programs used to build packages
clojure New Lisp hotness
sbcl Old Lisp hotness
screen Indispensable: A screen manager that supports multiple logins on one terminal
strace Tracks and displays system calls associated with a running process
unzip A utility for unpacking zip files
usbutils Linux USB utilities
xrestop X Resource Monitor
yum-utils Utilities based around the yum package manager
graphviz Graph Visualization Tools
irssi Modular text mode IRC client with Perl scripting
less A text file browser similar to more, but better
rdesktop remote desktop to windows machines
rsnapshot Local and remote filesystem snapshot utility
totem-mozplugin Mozilla plugin for Totem
vorbis-tools The Vorbis General Audio Compression Codec tools
at Job spooling tools
emacs-git Git version control system support for Emacs
emacs GNU Emacs text editor without X support
gcstar Personal collections manager
git-email Git tools for sending email

Mel Chua made a bookmarks file for this spin. See SIGs/Education/Bookmarks.

Outreach plan

Who should we be asking to try this spin? Give specific names and contact information if at all possible.


Guides on making spins or spin-related materials that may be helpful.