[phoenix-project] Re: GNU Phoenix?

  • From: Georges Khaznadar <georges.khaznadar@xxxxxxx>
  • To: Ajith Kumar <ajith@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2006 15:47:06 +0100

Hello all,

I'd like to suggest the distribution Freeduc-CD version 1.7, codename
Freeduc-science, which is already at an advanced beta stage. It is based
on a KNOPPIX structure. It comes with a handfull of interesting
scientific software. The project Freeduc-CD has been repeatedly approved
by FSF members, and the version 1.4 has been sponsored by UNESCO.
See http://www.ofset.org/freeduc-ecole

The version beta8 is available at

this version comes at boot time with a French keyboard setup, so please
type "knoppix lqng=en" to see "knoppix lang=en" at boot time.

The desktop manager is xfce4, it should be usable with 128 Mb of RAM.

I'll try to output shortly a version with the necessary software for

I'd like to have a suggestion from you : which menu items should I add
to ease the access of beginners to Phoenix?

Best regards,                   Georges.

Ajith Kumar a écrit :
> Pramode C.E. wrote:
> >One of the suggestions got during the Phoenix demo at
> >foss.in was to work towards getting the phoenix s/w
> >included with some distro like say Ubuntu. Maybe, we
> >might also think of making Phoenix an "official" GNU
> >project ... what do you feel about this?
> > 
> It will help people to use Phoenix hardware without bothering about 
> instaling new software. In fact only things required  are
> (1) 'pySerial' package
> (2) 'phm.py' module
> (3) application programs and documentation
> It will not exceed an MB of space.
> To make Phoenix more useful, we need to develop more science experiments 
> and gadgets based on that. Some work is going on in this direction.
> The concept of plug-in modules have been tested. The connector provided 
> for the LCD display is now used for plugging new hardware.
> The plug-in units tested are
> 1.  A 16 bit ADC/DAC unit. With this Phoenix can generate and measure 
> voltages with a resolution of several microvolts.
> 2.  A radiation detection system plug-in. A radiation detector gives a 
> charge pulse output. This plug-in amplifies it and interrupt Phoenix to 
> collect the
> data and make an energy spectrum.
> 3. A 64K Serial EEPROM plug-in. This is to use phoenix for applications 
> like weather monitoring. Temp., pressure etc. can be measured 
> periodically and
> stored into the plug-in memory. Software has been modified to have a 
> 'time()' function. The idea is to use Phoenix as a base for developing 
> new devices.
> Most probably the above developments will be demonstrated at the FOSS in 
> Science workshop coming up in January 07.
> With the introduction of the microcontroller version, Phoenix-M 
> <http://www.iuac.res.in/%7Eelab/Phoenix-M/index.html>, the hardware has 
> become more flexible, powerful and affordable as well. Even though the 
> basic unit is now available for Rs.1500/- we still do not have very many 
> users for it. This is the main issue to be addressed before anything 
> else. If this is an indication
> of lack of interest, there is nothing we can do to improve the situation.
> ajith

Georges KHAZNADAR et Jocelyne FOURNIER
22 rue des mouettes, 59240 Dunkerque France.
Téléphone +33 (0)3 28 29 17 70

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