[Koha] Fwd: Live DVD (Was: Master-password (katikoan) and Live-DVD

Olugbenga Adara gbengaadara at yahoo.com
Wed May 22 22:17:07 NZST 2013

Hello Chris & Chrispin,
> From: Chris Cormack <chris at bigballofwax.co.nz>

>On 22 May 2013 21:12, Mirko <5p4m at gmx.de> wrote:
>> Chrispin,
>> Chrispin Simasiku Sitali schrieb am 22.05.2013
>>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>> From: Chrispin Simasiku Sitali <libsitali at gmail.com>
>>> Date: 22 May 2013 10:13
>>> Subject: Re: [Koha] Live DVD (Was: Master-password (katikoan) and Live-DVD
>>> To: Mirko <5p4m at gmx.de>
>>> Well, to be honest I really benefited from Live DVD. I am a librarian who
>>> had no prior experience about linux. The live DVD assisted me a lot to
>>> learn about Koha itself and the internal plumbing of linux. I am a self
>>> taught koha and linux user. I remember at KohaCon12 in Edinburgh, Scotland
>>> asking MJ and Chris Cormack about the possibility of a Koha Lived at the
>>> conference. No, was the asnswer. Thanks to Mr Olugbenga Adara of Nigeria
>>> and to my own persistence I taught my self. So it was the Live DVD, the
>>> Koha mailing list and my own willingness to learn.

>If it is used as a demonstration and/or learning tool that is fine,
>but any system in production should have a clear upgrade path and be
>being run by someone who knows how to keep it up to date and secure.
>Like Mirko, I see no problem with the live dvd being used as a
>learning tool, its when it sneaks into production in a way that makes
>it very difficult to upgrade. That just is a short cut to long term
>This was also what I voted for too.

Just like Chrispin, I have also benefited using live CDs / DVDs to get up to speed with Koha. It is a very useful tool for training and learning and demoing Koha, especially in locations were Internet access is non existent.

However just like Chris and Mirko, I strongly advice against the use of live CDs / DVDs in production environment, especially when such sites would be live on the Internet. I have actually seen live Koha sites online that were installed using live CDs or DVD and which were still accessible with default usernames and passwords. If this is encouraged, it may give people impression that Koha is highly insecure when such installs are broken into. I believe the live Media should be encouraged but clearly stated at the default screens that it is only for TRAINING PURPOSES AND NOT TO USE AS A PRODUCTION SYSTEM

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