XS Community Edition/5.0

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Please try out XSCE 5.0 released Jan 22, 2014!


XSCE 5.0 release announced! Documentation evolving here:

"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 was confirmed during our Jan 16th 2014 voice call.)

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 5.0 focuses on Ansible progress (click for chart) summarized below.

XSCE 5.0 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 5.0 release was converting the xs-config rpm based install to ansible playbooks.

Progress for this conversion was tracked here.

Legacy Documentation

While most of XSCE 5.0's documentation is moving to github.com, these legacy guides continue to serve:

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.