KubuntuOEMRedistributionTools

Revision 1 as of 2006-06-02 07:01:21

Clear message

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

  1. Create a KDE port of the existing glade based interface.
  2. Modify existing code to create new interface
  3. Create a KDE-based 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.

Mockups

The OEM InstallerBR The OEM Configuration ToolBR