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The primary OLPC '''communication channels''' are [[#Mailing lists|mailing lists]], [[#IRC|IRC channels]], and [[#Forums|discussion forums]].
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Our primary communication channels are mail, mailing lists, chat, and blogs.
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== Mail ==
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We use mail for private messages.  See: [[Contact us]].
== Mailing lists ==
== Mailing lists ==
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''see also [[Community mailing lists]]''
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We use mailing lists for public discussions.  See: [[Mailing lists]].
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See also [[blogs]] for a list of OLPC related blogs and feeds.
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The full list of mailing lists is at '''http://lists.laptop.org'''.  Sometimes they multiply when one isn't watching. 
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Lists can be searched [http://www.google.com/custom?hl=en&cof=&domains=lists.laptop.org&btnG=Search&sitesearch=lists.laptop.org with google].
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===Starting a list===
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The best way to start a new mailing list is to begin a discussion on a related list that already exists, and once the discussion becomes active, to ask for a separate list for that topic or that sort of traffic.    Then create a page here about the list you want to start, with a brief description.  Finally, add a link from this page and leave a note for [[User:Sj|sj]] or [[User:Ivan|ivan]]. 
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===Public lists===
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'''General announcements'''
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* [http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/community-news Community-news] Weekly community news
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* [http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/devel-machines Devel-machines] OLPC Developer Machine mailing list (''for people with development machines'')
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'''General discussion'''
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* [http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/olpc-open Olpc-open] General OLPC community discussion and chit-chat
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* [http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/grassroots Grassroots]  A mailing list connecting all the local communities
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* [http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/research Research] Research related to OLPC
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'''Country discussions'''
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* [http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/argentina Argentina]  [no description available]
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* [http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/brasil Brasil] OLPC in Brasil
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* [http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/egypt-opensource Egypt-opensource] Discussion of open source in Egypt
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* [http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/india India] OLPC in India
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* [http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/nigeria-opensource Nigeria-opensource] Discussion of open source in Nigeria
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* [http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/peru Peru] [no description available]
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'''Accessibility and other end-use issues'''
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* [http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/accessibility Accessibility]
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* [http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/aop Issues around policy: especially privacy, security, and information-flow]
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'''Software and content development'''
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* [http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/devel Devel] Software development mailing list
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* [http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/sugar Sugar] Discussion of OLPC design, desktop platform and user experience
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* [http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/etoys Etoys] Discussion of the Etoys multi-media authoring environment on OLPC
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* [http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/library Library] OLPC content discussions
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* [http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/games Games] Games for the OLPC
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* [http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/localization Localization] Localization the OLPC project
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'''Hardware and other tech discussions'''
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* [http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/security Security] OLPC Security Discussion
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* [http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/linux-mm-cc linux-mm-cc] Compressed Caching for Linux
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* [http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/networking Networking] Networking the OLPC world
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'''Technical announcements'''
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* [http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/bugs Bugs] OLPC bugtracker mail
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* Commits-kernel  Commits list for OLPC kernel; (''rumoured to exist. deprecated?'')
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* [http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/devel-boards Devel-boards] OLPC Developer Machine mailing list (''deprecated'')
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* Hardware-announce (''rumoured to exist, deprecated.'')
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== Chat ==
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We use Google+ hangouts for public meetings, or Internet Relay Chat for chat without cameraSee: [[IRC]].
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Most OLPC chat takes place on IRC (that's [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IRC Internet Relay Chat]).  See also the older [[IRC]] page. 
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=== IRC ===
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IRC is mainly designed for group communication in discussion 'channels', but allows for personal chat and data transfer as well.   
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The OLPC Community uses a series of ''channels'' in the '''<tt>irc.freenode.net</tt>'''  and <tt>irc.oftc.net</tt> networks. Check {{tl|User irc}} to see how to register your participation in the IRC channels within the wiki, and to find the category where users are registered.
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==== irc.freenode.net channels ====
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| <tt>#olpc-help</tt> || Community help. If you need help using your XO, and you haven't asked anywhere else: try here first.
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| width=200px | <tt>#olpc</tt> || Contact point for all things olpc, ''and'' the core hardware development team's own channel.  Picture a room where the knowledgeable core people are hard at work.  It is a good place for authoritative answers, but people may be out, or too busy to respond, or don't want interruptions at the moment. '''Consider going to #olpc-help first.'''
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| <tt>#olpc-content</tt> || [[content]] related matters and general discussion.
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| <tt>#sugar</tt> || [[Sugar]] development.
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| <tt>#olpc-groups</tt> || Global channel for all local communities (no language barriers)
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| <tt>#olpc-es</tt> || [[Spanish]] language channel
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* <tt>#olpc-devel</tt> &mdash; for core systems and other development, now that #olpc is truly becoming a general discussion channel
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* <tt>#schoolserver</tt> &mdash; dedicated to the [[School server]]
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* <tt>#debian-olpc</tt> &mdash; dedicated to porting Debian to the XO
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=== How to use irc channels ===
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# Visit the <b>[http://olpc.osuosl.org/chat Live Web Chat]</b>
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# Some helpful resources are [http://www.mirc.com/irc.html here], and [http://www.irchelp.org/irchelp/irctutorial.html this tutorial], which also includes basic commands.
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# Learn about IRC etiquette. Try [http://www.ircbeginner.com/ircinfo/etiquette.html here], [http://www.livinginternet.com/r/ru_chatq.htm here], or [http://www.wxwidgets.org/wiki/index.php/IRC_Etiquette here].
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# Review the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Internet_Relay_Chat_clients software client list]. Pick one, download, install. A good all-around choice is [http://www.xchat.org/ Xchat], which works on both Linux and Windows; ''Linuxchix'' has a good [http://www.linuxchix.org/connecting-linuxchix-irc-using-xchat.html tutorial].
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#* For IRC on your XO, install the latest '''[[XoIRC]]''' activity.
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# Connect to to the above channels, and say hello. (To do this, choose irc.freenode.net as your server, and then /join a channel... if you're new to IRC, the [irc://freenode/#olpc-help #olpc-help] channel is probably the place you want to go first).
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If there are any [[Skype]], AIM, or other chatrooms about OLPC, please list them here.
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* http://olpchelp.org - Where OLPC users come for help
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We use a blog for public announcements.  See: [[Blogs]].
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Our primary communication channels are mail, mailing lists, chat, and blogs.

Mail

We use mail for private messages. See: Contact us.

Mailing lists

We use mailing lists for public discussions. See: Mailing lists.

Chat

We use Google+ hangouts for public meetings, or Internet Relay Chat for chat without camera. See: IRC.

Blogs

We use a blog for public announcements. See: Blogs.

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