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Please see the IIAB 6.3 Release Notes for Internet-in-a-Box (IIAB) 6.3 which was released on July 13, 2017.

As of mid-July 2017, IIAB 6.3 is in use in Ghana, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua, Malaysia — with Lebanon and Guatemala very soon.

GIVE IT A SPIN !

IIAB 6.3 now runs on many platforms (such as Ubuntu 16.04, CentOS 7.3 and Debian 8.8). For most people, the easiest way to try it out is using a $35 Raspberry Pi 3 computer running the Raspbian OS. Running this 1-liner is all you need to install IIAB 6.3 on Raspbian:

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

Or if you want this to run significantly faster (typically < 1 hour) try this smaller selection of server apps:

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

An Ethernet (live Internet) cable installed into the back of your Raspberry Pi 3 is very strongly recommended during installation!

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

Fair Warning: Let it rip (either above 1-line install) while noting these "from scratch" full installation can take an hour or more to complete on a recent install of Raspbian. This time depends on the speed of your microSD card — and how well-ventilated your Raspberry Pi 3 CPU is (its clock frequency is throttled above 80C to prevent disaster; but definitely monitor it on hot days using "vcgencmd measure_temp" if you're curious!)

While You Wait: definitely check out http://FAQ.IIAB.IO and read the tech docs @ https://github.com/iiab/iiab/wiki

HOW IT AROSE

Whereas IIAB/XSCE 6.2 released April 19, 2017 to bring XSCE 6.1 from Fedora/CentOS to Raspbian/Debian — we are very excited to now build off Raspberry Pi's organic community energy around the globe, including support for Ubuntu as well. This means popular demand is increasingly now driving ease-of-use / ease-of-content-maintenance improvements of *many* kinds — even if Captive Portal did not make the cut this time.

Originally IIAB 6.3 arose after many of us met in March, 2017 in Los Angeles / Pasadena for http://socallinuxexpo.org — and further developed some near-universal field requirements in Oaxaca, Mexico in late April, 2017.

To see how the design of IIAB 6.3 progressed over the prior 3 months in more detail, please read our twice-weekly minutes here:

  http://minutes.iiab.io

Note that a significant code refactoring occurred in early June 2017 — harmonizing most/all internal commands and variable names to "iiab-whatever" (uppercase or lowercase) after a decade of names like "xs-whatever" and "xsce-whatever".


IIAB 6.4 is expected next!

The latest stable release of IIAB should always be available at: https://github.com/iiab/iiab/releases/latest

The prior stable release was IIAB/XSCE 6.2 (from April 19, 2017, which added a few critical fixes since then) and remains available at under the prior naming convention: https://github.com/xsce/xsce/releases/latest

This across-the-board name change from XSCE to IIAB also means that our software code (multiple repos) now reside in a new home ( http://github.com/iiab). Whereas our old home (http://github.com/xsce) is now deprecated.

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

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