XS Community Edition


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Welcome to the School Server - Community Edition (XSCE) project. This community-led project (http://schoolserver.org) is breathing life and rigor into the sometimes unmaintained OLPC XS, to serve many different global school scenarios.


Community Vision
  • Efficiency - Technical
  • Library - Content
  • Responsibility - Social

Vision notes contains a more full list of ideas.

3 year vision: emergent learning models

The school server has the potential to amplify the Teacher, Parent & Librarian, as a laptop can amplify a Student's potential:

1. Strengthen connectivity to global Internet.

2. Deepen collaboration between Students, Teachers & Mentors.

3. Promote quality content from all.

4. Trusted intl ecosystem of diverse contributors.

1 year vision: seed community architecture

The school server project will be a healthy standalone project, which can be implemented directly, or adapted for special situations by 3rd parties.

1. 100 hack implementers, at least 4 deployments with the potential for 10,000 users.

2. Emphasis on working code, modularity, and core services.

3. Quarterly releases while the project is being tested and used by early adopters.

4. Feedback, fix, finished product.

Getting there

0.1 Objectives 0.1 Stable

1. Working install process, build process, and core services on a single piece of hardware.

2. Self discipline to determine what should be included in 0.1 and what should be included in future releases.

3. Establish a culture of "Feedback, fix, finished product".

0.2 Objectives 0.2 Draft

1. Build on self-disipline learned in 0.1

2. Initial modularity. I.E. must deal with different hardware configurations at install time.

3. Atomic tasks coordinated by regular releases.

4. Extend "Feedback, fix, finished product" loop to include remote developers and testers.

0.3 Objectives 0.3 Draft

1. ??? Build on self-disipline learned in 0.2

2. ??? Initial modularity. I.E. must deal with different hardware configurations at install time.

3. ??? Atomic tasks coordinated by regular releases.

4. ??? "Feedback, fix, finished product" among a dozen testers, doggone dogfooding.

Getting Started

Get Started Hacking (developers, contributors)

Get Started Implementing (administrators)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Direct questions/comments to mailing list: http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/server-devel

Testing would be WONDERFUL. Are we tough enough? Start here: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/User:Holt/XS_Community_Edition/0.2/Test_Plan

Report bugs and feature requests to https://sugardextrose.org/projects/xs-config

IRC (community chat) channel #schoolserver at busy times on irc.freenode.net

Weekly voice meeting are held on Skype 8PM NYC Time Thursdays (email if you want to join)

Human contact: holt @ laptop.org

Community Design

Design documents: Design Document, Use cases, and Release Priorities. See also latest Spec and Roadmap within the above.

Original OLPC XS design and implementation available at OLPC School Server

Legacy 2013 Install Recipe for XO-1.75 (ARM).
Legacy 2012 Install Recipe for XO-1.5 (i386), XO-1.75 (ARM) and larger servers. Other Fedora 17+ platforms later.


Related Projects


Sep 2012 Agenda

Toronto area hack sprint Sept 16-23, incl public demo Saturday Sept 22.

Oct 2012 Agenda

Working w/ Alex Kleider's model classroom @ http://olpcSF.org/summit & http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Sugarcamp_SF_2012

Nov 2012 Agenda

Centred around Toronto area hack sprint Nov 10-18:

Expand testing+UX with Anna Schoolfield, Tim Moody & Seneca College students' packaging with York Univ/Seneca College Professor Chris Tyler.

Meet with Anish Mangal and Nathan Riddle near Detroit etc to discuss wider community integration.

Dec 2012 Agenda

Jamaica implementation sprint (delayed)

Jan 2013 Agenda

Proposed Core Spec and Priority Tuning

Feb 2013 Agenda

Toronto/Waterloo area Sprint Feb 6/7 to 10/11. Release of XS-CE .1 and .2

Mch 2013 Agenda

Pre-field testing (eg. Flint, Michigan), possible Boston meetup Mch 1-4.

Apr or May Agenda

Toronto-area Sprint May 2-6?

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