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For more help with configuration, see DebianLive/Configuration or join #debian-live on irc.debian.org. For more help with configuration, see ["DebianLive/Configuration"] or join #debian-live on irc.debian.org.

Debian Jr.

Email: ?MailTo(debian-jr AT SPAMFREE lists DOT debian DOT org)

Debian Jr. is a project to make Debian an OS that children will enjoy using. More about the project at http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-jr and http://debianjr.alioth.debian.org/

See also: ["Freeduc"]

Live CD development

A Debian Jr. livecd can be built using live-helper with the following steps:

svn co svn://svn.debian.org/debian-live/dists/trunk/live-helper
( cd live-helper ; debuild -us -uc )
sudo dpkg -i live-helper*.deb
svn co svn://svn.debian.org/debian-live/configs/junior
sudo make-live --root junior &>make-live.log

Currently the junior config in svn is for a usb key using gnome. You can change this by editing the appropriate variables in junior/config. Other possible values for LIVE_PACKAGES_LIST are "kde-junior" or "xfce-junior", and LIVE_BINARY_IMAGE can be changed to "iso" to generate a CD image.

For more help with configuration, see ["DebianLive/Configuration"] or join #debian-live on irc.debian.org.

Ideas collected from users

  • Create a simple ["Desktop environment"] for [http://lists.debian.org/debian-jr/2006/11/msg00014.html very young children].

    • probably the simplest way to do this is to have your X system launch straight into a [http://gcompris.net gcompris session].

      • use .xinitrc with a single command: gcompris in it, or
      • configure your ["Desktop environment"] with a ?DebianJrSpecialSession for that small user

      • gcompris has a number of command line options and configurations to make it use the full screen quite well for this scenario (! provide examples!).