KubuntuOEMRedistributionTools

A couple of tools that would ease the process of mass deployment of Kubuntu by OEMs and collection of configuration data from a user whose computer comes pre-loaded with Kubuntu.

OEM Installer

This is a program which would be launched when a computer with Kubuntu pre-installed is started for the first time. Through a clean and attractive interface, It would allow for the collection of information from the user, which would include:

  • The User's Location and language(locale)
  • The Keyboard layout in use
  • The User's Name, preferred username, password(and confirmation);(and email if necessary)
  • The User's timezone

Based on the information collected, the installation would be configured accordingly and a new user account would be created.

OEM Configuration Tool

A unified tool which would bring together common configurable aspects of the system, which can be tweaked with ease by an OEM. Modules would include:

  • Hardware: Addition/Modification of drivers etc.
  • Installation/Removal of packages
  • Configuration of the System; configure filesystems, network interfaces, configure X etc.
  • Configuration of KDE; everything from widget style, icons to wallpaper(OEMs could install own packages to customize).
  • Configuration of the OEM Installer.
  • Creation and replication of disk images.

Design & Implementation

  • Stage 1: Create a KDE port of the existing glade based interface.

  • Stage 2: Modify existing code to create a common code base which can then be extended by a Qt/GTK interface (as required by Kubuntu/Ubuntu). Create a KDE/Qt front-end.

  • Stage 3: Create a tool which provides a central location to configure various Hardware, Software(including KDE) options, install/remove packages, control what the user enters on first boot. Again a common backend which could be extended by a Qt/KDE interface.

Mockups

The OEM Installer

oeminst.png
Note: The First and Last name fields would be merged into a single 'Name' Field.

The OEM Configuration Tool
oemconf.png

Timeline

Expected Start Date

Expected End Date

Task

Status

01-06-06

09-06-06

Look at oem-config; create a KDE UI

In Progress

10-06-06

24-06-06

Modify the current code; create a new interface

To be Started

25-06-06

30-06-06

Review the code; Check for bugs; Write documentation

To be Started

01-07-06

08-07-06

Do research on the OEM Configuration tool

To be Started

09-07-06

31-07-06

Work on OEM Configuration tool

To be Started

01-08-06

07-07-06

Review code for OEM Config tool; check for bugs, Write documentation

To be Started

08-08-06

15-08-06

Work on Backlogs; add finishing touches Wink ;)

To be Started

Note: This is a rough projected time-table and tasks can be finished both a bit early or a bit late.

KubuntuOEMRedistributionTools (last edited 2008-08-06 16:33:56 by localhost)