I've been talking to a few people about a possible project that we
could do in the UUG, and I'm really excited about the idea we have.
Now all I need to do is convince you that it's a good idea.
In short, the project is to create a super-easy-to-use web content
filter on a live CD. The target audience would be people who have no
experience with linux. I'm sure there are many people, particularly
here in Utah, who would like the idea of taking an old computer,
plugging in the network cable, and booting off a CD to have an
instant filter. No monitor or keyboard required... Our CD would
autodetect interfaces and be up and running right away. If
something's not configured correctly, you could go to a website
(uug.byu.edu/webfilter for example) and whitelist a site or whatever.
There's obviously a lot of opinions about how to implement something
like this, so I'd like to get together with anyone who's interested
in helping to get it figured out.
If you'd like to help out, come to the foyer by TMCB 1170 this coming
Tuesday at 5:00 pm (we'll move to a lab so we can actually work on
the project). We'd like to have some discussion there and have a
simple live CD working before we leave.
While throwing around the idea, we thought of using Fedora,
dansguardian, and tinyproxy. We're bound to have discussion about
this right here on the list, but please don't just say "Ubuntu is
more l33t than Fedora--you are lame" if you don't plan to
contribute :) . These aren't final decisions. Come to the meeting and
help us see your point of view.
This project would be a great way to make use of and improve the
talent in the UUG. At the same time we might learn a little more
about topics we probably don't deal with too often.
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