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The XS Community Edition content hereunder does not necessarily reflect the opinion of OLPC. These pages were created by members of the volunteer community supporting OLPC and deployments.


Download and Install XSCE-0.4

OLPC XO-1.5, XO-1.75 or XO-4
Offline Install (still 0.4 RC-1, needs updating) Online Install
Generic x86 PC or Laptop
32 bit Online Install 64 bit Online Install

Online Install

Raspberry Pi
Online Install

Welcome to the School Server Community Edition (XSCE, or http://schoolserver.org), a global project where volunteer professionals are taking the One Laptop per Child movement into a new decade, enabling quality learning among the world's poorest children. Commercial support for our free software is available for those who need it, at Activity Central and through freelance consultants as necessary. Most important, you're invited to contribute your talents to kids' schools worldwide, in any way you find meaningful!

Our Product

XSCE provides communication, networking, content, and maintenance to schools and classrooms. In everyday usage, the school server extends capabilities of connected laptops and devices with services in these areas, towards giving kids the very best learning opportunities imaginable:

  • Classroom connectivity – Similar to what you would find in an advanced home router.
  • Internet gateway – If available, an internet connection is made available to laptops/devices.
  • Content – Tools to make educational media available to schools and classrooms.
  • Maintenance – Tools to keep laptop/devices updated and running smoothly.

Get started by downloading and installing the latest: XSCE 0.4 was released October 3, 2013.

XSCE 5.0 is expected in January 2014, introducing ansible progress for developers especially. Please try out XSCE 5.0 RC 1 released Dec 17, 2013, formerly known as 0.5 RC 1!

XSCE 5.1 or 6.0 is anticipated early 2014, including many possible new features for educators/administrators.


Global community volunteers keep our Frequently Asked Questions (and answers!) fresh thanks to organic input from folks just like yourself, always welcome!

Our Project

XSCE is a community-based project developed and supported by volunteers from around the world.

Our heartbeat is a weekly call Thursdays 10AM NYC Time, and a 24hr live chat channel described further below. See the Agenda/Minutes for a history of past topics or to add a topic for a future week. Please email Adam Holt (holt @ laptop.org) so we can coordinate the logistics necessary to add you to the call.

Every season we try to meet for as much as a week of face-to-face design and hacking. During these quarterly sprints (so far all hosted in the northern hemisphere) we work like crazy to get our features complete, so they are ready to make the feature freeze happening just after the sprint. All are welcome in our community, of course if you are the sort that likes to stand on a soapbox and preach, we may ask you to take a turn in the kitchen ;)

We welcome open community tools of diverse kinds, to support contributors of all kind. Please join our IRC live chat directly on the web by entering channel #schoolserver. Or if you prefer, any IRC chat software can be connected to irc.freenode.net to join this same channel. A Meetbot instance logs the channel strictly only during meetings (currently being held on Tuesdays at 1600 UTC / 1200 EDT), more info in the #Chat Guidelines section below.

Our primary mailing list is server-devel@lists.laptop.org. Teachers and new contributors especially, are strongly encouraged to ask questions! Please also get to know http://internet-in-a-box.org join the Pathagar mailing list if you're interested in digital libraries for curious kids worldwide, whose schools so often (1) lack broadband (2) are unable to afford pay-per-view ebooks (3) are wary of advertising/manipulation of our youngest citizens.

Education is inherently political: how can we each invest our lives nurturing the most meaningful learning communities in the face of self-interested governments/corporations/unions/religions, each trying to help, but also dominate? As such please consider our ~50 person "xsce-devel" Google Group, where all contributors are invited to join in thoughtful discussion, by sending a short paragraph about your experience and XSCE-related ambitions (holt @ laptop.org). Implementation conversations on civic learning realities are sorely needed at every level, but reality check: OLPC's long history makes clear that humanitarian policymaking is not always best served by "e-male" posturing traditions on open source mailing lists. In short, educators are far too busy for another flame war. As such we seek a more friendly balance, by including more educators' and female voices, thanks to an invigorating & organic interplay between public and private community spaces!

Finally, our bug tracker has recently moved from https://sugardextrose.org/projects/xsce to https://github.com/XSCE. Our technical and user documentation, while crucially evolving at an early stage, can and should be critiqued and refined by all!

Chat Guidelines

Details about how your live chat privacy is protected on this separate page.

Our Ecosystem

The School Server ecosystem is fascinating. There are hundreds of similar projects around the world. Each work from slightly different perspectives. If you are interested in the project... but don't quite 'feel it,' please consider one of the following projects.

Our Community

Our community is made up of people just like you. If you are interested in the project please reach out to any of our members to learn more about us.

Our History & Inspiration

How did XSCE's design evolve? Progress only makes sense when we learn from the past...

Feb 2014 Agenda

XSCE 5.1 or 6.0 planning and Internet-in-a-Box sprint proposed for Los Angeles in late February.

Jan 2014 Agenda

Internet-in-a-Box incl full-text-search refinement with XSCE 5.0; implementation intensifies in Haiti; XSCE 5.1or 6.0 brainstorming/groundwork.

Dec 2013 Agenda

XSCE 5.0 release approaching, alongside Internet-in-a-Box with fulltext search of Wikipedia! Prep intensifying for Haiti deployments (Jan 2014) and Nepal hopefully sometime early in 2014.

Nov 2013 Agenda

v5.0 culmination -> 5.1 or 6.0 definition hack sprint, Nov 18-20 in Malacca, Malaysia, in conjunction with OLPC Basecamp 2013 (Nov 16-18) whose enlivening blog lays clear our humanitarian commitment.

Oct 2013 Agenda

XSCE 0.4 released October 3, 2013. v5.0 "crystallization" hack sprint Oct 21-23 in San Francisco (formerly known as 0.5) following SF's Summit (Oct 18-20), in conjunction with Internet Archive's Books in Browsers Summit Oct 24-25

Sep 2013 Agenda

v0.4 release final testing. Haiti implementation of XSCE 0.4 at two schools, for the new school year.

Aug 2013 Agenda

XSCE 0.4 RC1 released August 24. Prep for final release! Haiti implementation late Aug and early Sept. Utilite and/or TrimSlice custom hardware early prototype shipping to beta experimenters.

Jul 2013 Agenda

v0.4 Sprint July 8-12, 1hr north of Winnipeg. v0.4 spec gaining precision, bringing stability & configurability to most XOs, x86, 64-bit Fedora, RPi? Pathagar bookserver & Internet-in-a-Box integration also expected.

Jun 2013 Agenda

Version 0.3 released! Prep July sprint! Volunteers can buy XO-4 Touch Laptops if they will help test XSCE & http://internet-in-a-box.org etc.

May 2013 Agenda

Very successful Toronto-area Sprint May 8-13,with Braddock Gaskill all the way from LA! 0.3 RC1 unleashed May 14; RC2 May 28? India prototype installed.

Apr 2013 Agenda

Prep v0.3 May sprint. Los Angeles interfacing with Caryl Bigenho's http://localfi.org and Braddock Gaskill's http://internet-in-a-box.org.

Mch 2013 Agenda

Boston meetup Mch 1-4 with Sameer Verma, Anish Mangal. Early pre-field test connects an orphanage from Haiti.

Feb 2013 Agenda

Toronto/Waterloo area Sprint Feb 6/7 to 10/11.

Release of XSCE 0.1 Stable and 0.2 Coming.

Jan 2013 Agenda

Proposed Core Spec and Priority Tuning.

Dec 2012 Agenda

Jamaica implementation sprint (delayed).

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.

Oct 2012 Agenda

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

Sep 2012 Agenda

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

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