Writing a programme onto a DVD

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Writing a programme onto a DVD

Postby XPomJohn » Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:40 am

I want to write an application/programme so that I can put my family ancestry onto a DVD to share with my relatives. The reason that I want everything to run completely from a disc is that the relatives use a variety of computers, some are at home, others at the office or library. Also most of them don't know how to install a programme.
I know that I could just use HTML but I would like to use a database/ files
to produce the pages and charts dynamically.
Has anyone any ideas where I should start or am I aiming at the impossible?

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Postby Dutch_Master » Fri Jun 25, 2010 2:28 am

No, it's not impossible, but catering for all may be a step too far...

For the PC users, you could create your own Linux distro (just a reworking of your favorite) as a live-cd in kiosk-mode, so that when the dvd is in the tray the PC will boot from that and automagically start your application :) Does require a fair bit of Linux knowledge though, so perhaps over your head for now?
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Postby Ram » Fri Jun 25, 2010 7:58 am

Yes it would be possible...

With the use of html. css, php and sqlite (flat file database), which once created would be read only.

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Postby AndyBaxman » Fri Jun 25, 2010 8:01 am

This most generic solution would be to use HTML / Javascript. It will run on most modern browsers running on most operating systems and will run straight from the DVD.
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Postby XPomJohn » Sat Jun 26, 2010 11:00 am

Thanks for all the suggestions. All this may very well be over my head, but what the heck. I'll dive in at the deep end and see what comes up. I like the idea of a live distro that way the relo's can see what linux can do as well as learning about their family history.
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Postby AndyBaxman » Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:49 am

XPomJohn wrote:Thanks for all the suggestions. All this may very well be over my head, but what the heck. I'll dive in at the deep end and see what comes up. I like the idea of a live distro that way the relo's can see what linux can do as well as learning about their family history.
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The disadvantage with that approach is that users will have to reboot their computer to see your application, and this may involve BIOS fiddling so that their computer will boot from CD.
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