XS Community Edition/5.0


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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.

Please try out XSCE 0.5 RC 1 released Dec 17, 2013!



Building off the success of XSCE 0.4, we hope with v0.5, the glass will officially become half-full :}

As of Jan 14th 2014, there was active discussion to rename XSCE 0.5 up to XSCE 5.0, to avoid imminent confusion with XS 0.6 (Oct 2009) and XS 0.7 (Jan 2012). Renumbering to 5.0 confirmed during our voice call Jan 16th 2014.

Early docs are evolving here:

Spec was refined Oct 21-23 in San Francisco.

Rolling list of proposals / open-community planning:

Summarized & contextualized by Tony Anderson here:

In conclusion, most of the above proposed features will await future versions, as XSCE 0.5 focuses on Ansible progress (click for chart) summarized below.

XSCE 0.5 Evolution Since Sept 2013

Look through its spec and community efforts, as well as XSCE's General FAQ. How we evolved:

Thanks for thinking: how all can refine this Autumn 2013 baseline for future versions!

Conversion of Install Mechanism to Ansible

A major goal of the 0.5 release is converting the xs-config rpm based install to an ansible playbook.

Progress in this conversion is tracked here.

Placeholder links (for later)

School Server Recap

A community school server provides communication, networking, content, and maintenance to a school and/or classroom. In everyday usage the school server provides services extending capabilities of the connected laptops, enhancing teacher-child-parent relationships. In general, these services include:

  • 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.
  • Content - Tools for deployments and teachers to make instructional media available to their schools and classrooms.
  • Maintenance - Tools to keep laptops updated and running smoothly.
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