IIAB/6.3

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This IIAB XSCE content does not reflect the opinion of OLPC. These pages were created by members of a volunteer community supporting OLPC and deployments.

IIAB 6.3 (Internet-in-a-Box 6.3) became available on an experimental/rolling basis (master branch) for DIY contributors in late May 2017, after many of us met for a great March event (http://socallinuxexpo.org) in the Los Angeles area — and further developed some near-universal field requirements in Oaxaca, Mexico during late April, 2017.

Whereas IIAB/XSCE 6.2 released April 19, 2017 was intended to bring XSCE 6.1 from Fedora/CentOS to Raspbian/Debian (and possibly later Ubuntu) — we are very excited to now build off Raspberry Pi's organic community energy around the globe. This means popular demand is increasingly now driving ease-of-use / ease-of-content-maintenance improvements of many kind, even if yes Captive Portal might not make the cut!

SOME PROPOSED FEATURES ARE LISTED IN THE JANUARY 17, 2017 MEETING MINUTES @ http://tinyurl.com/xsceminutes (and under March 16, 2017 @ http://minutes.iiab.io)

Please join our weekly "Thursday" calls to help push this forward -- educators and contributors of all kind are welcome:

  http://minutes.iiab.io

FYI a significant code refactoring is underway as of early June 2017 to harmonize most/all internal commands and variable names to "iiab-whatever" instead of "xsce-whatever" and "xs-whatever" after a decade — regardless whether uppercase of lowercase. Please see our DRAFT IIAB 6.3 Release Notes as they begin to evolve on GitHub!

WANT TO GIVE IT A SPIN?

If you want the very latest (master branch of Internet-in-a-Box 6.3) on Raspbian, and are happy to face pre-release issues (helping with testing ideally!) then give this a shot on a Raspberry Pi 3 especially — this might also work on Debian / x86_64 :

  curl download.iiab.io/6.3/rpi/load-master.txt | sudo bash

An Ethernet (live Internet) cable installed into the back of your Raspberry Pi 3 is strongly recommend.

Write to bugs @ iiab.io if you find important bugs, and don't be shy posting to our public forums at http://iiab.io !

Fair Warning: the "from scratch" approach to installation above takes about 1.5 hours to complete on a recent install of Raspbian on RPi3 — depending on the speed of your microSD card — and how well-ventilate your RPi3 CPU. Let it rip and let us know!!

Note this is the master branch of (pre-release) Internet-in-a-Box 6.3, so of course there are No Guarantees, but everyone massively appreciates your feedback/observations, as we anticipate a final release very shortly ("around late June 2017") if all goes well!

While You Wait: check out http://FAQ.IIAB.IO and feel free to read (or improve!) the docs @ https://github.com/iiab/iiab/wiki :)


IIAB 6.4 is expected next.

The past stable release of IIAB/XSCE (currently 6.2, from April 19, 2017 but including a few critical fixes since then) is available at: https://github.com/xsce/xsce/releases/latest

Our new repos (software code) emerged powerfully in late May 2017 here: http://github.com/iiab

Return to this IIAB 6.3 summary site anytime later, with short link: http://wiki.iiab.io/6.3

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