2 Dec 2004
Once frassle gets out of alpha, it would be nice to make it super-easy to try on your own machine. Since I think one of frassle's most compelling uses is behind a firewall, we should make it easy for any networked PC to become a frassle server. Here's the process I think might work well:
- Download a 200MB ISO image and burn a CD.
- Find an unused PC with a network connection.
- Insert CD, turn on PC.
- The PC displays a screen that says something like "You can now connect to frassle at http://192.168.1.114/" in big letters across the screen. Clicking that would launch a web browser right there.
Something like LAMPPIX would be a good basis for this. By default, the ISO could be configured to use a RAM disk for testing, but ideally you'd have other choices. For example, you could choose to store frassle data in a standard place on an existing Windows or Linux partition, or create a new partition; and the frassle ISO would autodetect this data after rebooting. That way you could put frassle on your intranet by finding an unused PC, popping in the CD, and turning it on. When a new version of frassle came out, you could shut down, pop in a new CD, throw away the old one, reboot, and bam! All set.
Going further, it would be great to have easy-to-install packages for Windows (like EasyPHP) and various Linux distros too.
Sounds like a good project for a summer intern, no?