[HOT] HOT stick (Portable Apps) for Training/Workshops

maning sambale emmanuel.sambale at gmail.com
Thu Oct 3 10:25:11 UTC 2013

Dear HOTties,

Thanks to all the suggestions.  One point I would like to clarify.

Why not a LiveCD or a Virtual Machine image?
The idea is for people to use existing resources (windows machine) and
have all OSM tools already available.  By OSM tools, we mean mostly
for editing/contributing not really for development so installing
developer tools like Mapnik or a tile rendering are not necessary.

We expect an additional training effort if we get them started with a
liveCD/VMs because of the new OS interface they need to understand.
PortableApps are better since you can use it in other machines such as
internet cafes to edit.  Some of our participants don't own a computer
at home and internet cafes are the common way for them to use

Anyway, we started doing this and a download is available here:
https://github.com/essc/osm_stick/  (almost 500 MB because of Java)
In our test, everything works OK (tested on XP, Win7 32 and 64bits).
QGIS seems to be the more difficult to install (will try that later).

Are there other applications you think we can add?

On Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 8:46 PM, Theodin <Theodin at posteo.de> wrote:
> I run josm-latest with their java and it still left some settings behind so
> it needs some tweeking.
> Regards,
> Simeon
> Am 27.09.2013 11:38 schrieb Joseph Reeves:
> Hi all,
> It doesn't contain everything on the list, but Portable GIS includes QGIS:
> http://www.archaeogeek.com/portable-gis.html
> Back to portable-apps, I've looked at it briefly and see that it includes
> java - so running the josm-latest.jar would presumably be no problem.
> Cheers, Joseph
> On 27 September 2013 09:47, Theodin <Theodin at posteo.de> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Being a long-time member and developer at portableapps.com, I had to smile
>> when the term popped up here on the HOT mailing list.
>> Of the apps listed below by maning sambale, all are already there and
>> widely used except for QGIS, JOSM and GPSBabel. I have been wanting to try
>> to get JOSM portable for my own use so I will see that I find some time over
>> the weekend. The others shouldnt be a problem as they are all open source
>> and thus redistributable if Firefox is used as the internet browser and
>> Sumatra pdf as the pdf reader.
>> The easiest thing for updates would be to get all the apps into the
>> portableapps lineup as official apps but I cant guarantee for that.
>> Besides that, I think its worth trying the Live system idea other have put
>> forward as it allows for a more controlled environment. the downside is that
>> it might not be usable everywhere.
>> Thats all for now - Simeon
>> Am 26.09.2013 04:47 schrieb maning sambale:
>>> Dear HOTties,
>>> Has anyone tried building a USB Stick that runs all the needed
>>> applications for an OSM Training?
>>> For a series of training we will conduct, we are anticipating a lot of
>>> different configurations and MS Windows versions.  They may use a
>>> computer lab or their own laptops.
>>> Instead of just giving the participants copies of the software
>>> installers, we are thinking of building a PortableApp [0] stick
>>> containing all the needed apps and resources.
>>> Anyone tried this approach?  How is it effective?
>>> A few things we want in the stick are:
>>> * JOSM including all the necessary plugins (FieldPapers, Notes,
>>> DirectUpload, GPXEdit, Building tools, Presets, GeoChat, Measurement,
>>> Mirrored downloads, Reverter, Terracer)
>>> * GPSBabel
>>> * QGIS
>>> * PDF reader
>>> * Firefox or Chrome
>>> * 7-Zip
>>> * ClamWin
>>> * Notepad++
>>> * Learning materials (either offline or pdf version of learnOSM)
>>> * Installers - installers of the above software
>>> [0] http://portableapps.com/apps
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