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Karoshi 6 Released!

Postby linuxgirlie » Thu Jun 18, 2009 2:49 pm

Karoshi 6 has been released: www.karoshi.org.uk

Karoshi is a server operating system designed for schools, providing a simple graphical interface for easy installation and maintenance of your network.


Has LDAP, a new styled web management, also you can now change the default IPs, gateways etc so that you can implement it into your current setup without the use of NAT.

I am looking for testers who can give it a good look at, you don't need to be school network administrators, though that will help, as its not the same as your average distro.

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RE: Karoshi 6 Released!

Postby wyliecoyoteuk » Thu Jun 18, 2009 9:35 pm

Looks Hot! hope that is not why the school caught fire :)
The sig between the asterisks is so cool that only REALLY COOL people can even see it!

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RE: Karoshi 6 Released!

Postby linuxgirlie » Fri Jun 19, 2009 7:53 am

Hehe thanks! Those who have downloaded it as a test please download it again, 10mins before we uploaded the .iso OH decided to make a last minute change.... This unfortunately this included forgetting to add a 'fi' to the end of the script :D

If you download the iso again it will now working fine!

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RE: Karoshi 6 Released!

Postby bobthebob1234 » Fri Jun 19, 2009 8:53 am

I'll try it out for you when i get a min at the weekend. I am my schools honorary admin, so er, yer..., i'm your target audience? Interesting use of moodle for the documentation!
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RE: Karoshi 6 Released!

Postby bobthebob1234 » Fri Jun 19, 2009 8:53 am

Your demo isn't loading at the moment...
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RE: Karoshi 6 Released!

Postby linuxgirlie » Fri Jun 19, 2009 9:26 am

Ok, I will try and get it sorted, problem is its in the same room as the other servers!
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RE: Karoshi 6 Released!

Postby bobthebob1234 » Fri Jun 19, 2009 10:41 am

Now it is working. Server been up for 18 mins...
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Postby linuxgirlie » Fri Jun 19, 2009 10:53 am

Its now fully working, with the latest updates.
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Postby bobthebob1234 » Fri Jun 19, 2009 5:53 pm

what exactly do you want testing?
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Postby linuxgirlie » Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:58 am

Good point, I think I will write up a document for testers.

Basically apart from any bugs we would like to know(on single server setup):

Ease of installation, (both the main pclinuxos and when setting up a server) - did you get stuck at any point? Not know an answer to a question? Was it to slow? Confusing? Did you have to change anything? etc etc - (as this is meant to be used by both non-techie up to network managers).

Once installed: Was it easy to get to the web management? Could you get to the web management from a different computer? Is the web management easy to navigate?

Try adding users, deleting them, bulk adding etc etc try and use all the forms that are available, are all the forms easy to understand? (though I am working on documentation we are trying to make the web interface forms obvious so you dont have to hunt around to find what they do). Do any of the forms need changing or re wording?

Try adding an xp machine to the domain. Does it join? Are the profiles ok? Can you login? Do you get your shares? try saving work to the shares is this easy way of doing things? Try accessing all the web based items (moodle, email etc) is that easy to do?

These are just a few things I can think of, you don't have to do all of them, but you can see we are pretty happy with the stability of karoshi(not that it is without bugs or hiccups) but because we have now used the system for so long, things we find easy or sub-consciously work around may be a major pain for other users!

So I think I am kinda looking for a review type testing. Maybe the guys at LXF could give it a go :wink:

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Postby bobthebob1234 » Sat Jun 20, 2009 12:01 pm

OK, i will just randomly click and see what happens! :D

I will just add though i only have a comp with the specs for the 'testing' machine quoted on the website, and may not be able to do all the domain stuff, but i will give it a go.
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Postby linuxgirlie » Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:25 am

That will be great thanks.
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Postby bobthebob1234 » Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:40 am

linuxgirlie wrote:Ease of installation, (both the main pclinuxos and when setting up a server) - did you get stuck at any point? Not know an answer to a question? Was it to slow? Confusing? Did you have to change anything? etc etc - (as this is meant to be used by both non-techie up to network managers).


The installation can be a bit confussing. The use of different terms to say the same thing on different pages and windows can and will confuse 'non-techies'. EG the use of 'halt, shutdown, reboot, etc' Halt was in the wizard, but non techies will probably not know how to 'halt' linux.

Also when you click on the install link on the desktop a warning comes up saying you must install to activate Karoshi... That is why I clicked the link... Might be better for that to come up when you first boot from cd, saying that you have to install pclinuxos (may be call it something different, other wise you will get people saying 'why do i need to install pclinuxos before karoshi? What is this pclinuxos??') before you can set up the karoshi servers

Also the front page of web interface is confussing. Took me a while to find out how to long in as the admin!

That is all for now.... :D
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Postby linuxgirlie » Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:27 am

Thanks for that, these are just the things we are looking for to improve it!

I think the 'halt' etc comes from pclinuxos we don't touch that per se at all, but it maybe something we should do.

Also when the cd first boots it should automatcally start the installation. This can take a while though on slow machines, which is probably why you clicked on the installation button and then it warned you! Not sure what we can do about that except remove the installation button but that might be even more confusing.

This is the frontpage (for those who are following this):

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Is it the wording? Should they be labelled something else? So Administrator instead of Network Manager?

Thanks again,

This is perfect!

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Postby bobthebob1234 » Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:59 am

Web management:-
Yes, that is what is looks like (bar the three different servers). I think administrator would be a better name. Not too sure what the other titles are for, changing passwords? Do you really want the server and uptime, etc displayed to users trying to change passwords??

Once i got into the network manager page the layout was quite good, with the drop down menus, etc. Haven't really explored that yet...

Installation:
I wondered why a million install wizards came up! May be don't have it open automatically at the start. Then it is more like a live cd.

More tonight! (the test machine is at home...)
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