[Mageia-dev] Identifying Target Markets

Marc Paré marc at marcpare.com
Thu Oct 7 02:14:03 CEST 2010

Le 2010-10-06 17:27, andré a écrit :
> Hoyt Duff a écrit :
>> On Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 3:11 PM,
>> andré<andr55 at laposte.net> wrote:
>>> So far in simplified terms, for the "education" target, we have focus on
>>> school boards in US/Canada and Australia/New Zealand; focus on regional
>>> gov'ts in Germany.
> Here I mean focus in terms of promotion, not in terms of the content of
> the DVD.
>> Do you have a link to any Mandriva docs that detail how the package
>> lists for different "targets" can be created and implemented?
> In short, it would be part of creating the installation DVD.
> Mandriva does not implement this function in a manner useful to our
> purposes.
> Let me explain.
> There would be a number of install groups, (for want of a better
> expression), all on the same DVD.
> Each group will have a list of packages to be installed, which could be
> individually selected/deselected as desired.
> This is similar to what is already available on a Mandriva install DVD,
> with an important difference : install groups would not be mutually
> exclusive.
> In other words, the "education" group (targeting school needs), the
> "young family" group (targeting families with young children), and the
> "home office" group, would probably all contain, for example, a version
> of OpenOffice (be it Go-oo, LibreOffice, or the officiel OpenOffice from
> Oracle/Sun).
> Currently, on a Mandriva installation DVD, each application is in only
> one group.("Server" being one of their groups.)
> Overlapping installation groups allows us to target many uses on the
> same DVD.
> We could consider a target as a usage focus.
> Many users would have more than one focus -- for example, developers
> would want various development tools, as well as maybe "home office" if
> they are an independant consultant.
> There also could be a multi-level tree. A global group for developers,
> with a sub-group for packagers (RPM tools), another for C/C++, another
> for Perl, etc.
> Or for a potentially more common theme, a global group for education,
> with sub-groups for "pre-school/kindergarten", "elementary",
> "secondary", "post-secondary".
> And these various subgroups would almost necessarily have overlaps.
> The possibilities are only limited by our collective imaginations.
> The more I think of this, I see an advantage of allowing the DVD
> installer to access an external group file, (on a usb memory key for
> example), for more flexibility on installation.
> Especially useful to install the same software selection on a large
> number of computers -- without creating a custom installation DVD.
> Think of the potential :)
> - André (andre999)

Actually, Mandriva did do this, but on a smaller scale, when installing 
the ISO you got the the choice of desktop KDE, GNOME or personalized 
In the personalized section, you could still choose (in my case) the KDE 
but also any other "distro type" of pick that you wanted. It would make 
sense to offer the choices here. For example "Gamer"; "Business"; 
"Music"; "Video"; "Education" etc. The users could, at this point, 
tailor the installation to one that would suit them best according to 
their needs. All on one DVD! No need to have multiple type of DVD's.

This would be simple enough.


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