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This IIAB XSCE content does not reflect the opinion of OLPC. These pages were created by members of a volunteer community supporting OLPC and deployments.

Please see the IIAB 6.3 Release Notes for Internet-in-a-Box (IIAB) 6.3 which was released on July 13, 2017.

As of mid-July 2017, IIAB 6.3 is in use in Ghana, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua, Malaysia — with Lebanon and Guatemala very soon.


IIAB 6.3 now runs on many platforms (such as Ubuntu 16.04, CentOS 7.3 and Debian 8.8). For most people, the easiest way to try it out is using a $35 Raspberry Pi 3 computer running the Raspbian OS. Running this 1-liner is all you need to install IIAB 6.3 on Raspbian:

  curl download.iiab.io/6.3/rpi/load.txt | sudo bash

Or if you want this to run significantly faster (typically < 1 hour) try this smaller selection of server apps:

  curl download.iiab.io/6.3/rpi/load-lite.txt | sudo bash

An Ethernet (live Internet) cable installed into the back of your Raspberry Pi 3 is very strongly recommended during installation!

Write to bugs @ iiab.io if you find important bugs, and don't be at all shy posting to our public forums at http://iiab.io !

Fair Warning: Let it rip (either above 1-line install) while noting these "from scratch" full installation can take an hour or more to complete on a recent install of Raspbian. This time depends on the speed of your microSD card — and how well-ventilated your Raspberry Pi 3 CPU is (its clock frequency is throttled above 80C to prevent disaster; but definitely monitor it on hot days using "vcgencmd measure_temp" if you're curious!)

While You Wait: definitely check out http://FAQ.IIAB.IO and read the tech docs @ https://github.com/iiab/iiab/wiki


Whereas IIAB/XSCE 6.2 released April 19, 2017 to bring XSCE 6.1 from Fedora/CentOS to Raspbian/Debian — we are very excited to now build off Raspberry Pi's organic community energy around the globe, including support for Ubuntu as well. This means popular demand is increasingly now driving ease-of-use / ease-of-content-maintenance improvements of *many* kinds — even if Captive Portal did not make the cut this time.

Originally IIAB 6.3 arose after many of us met in March, 2017 in Los Angeles / Pasadena for http://socallinuxexpo.org — and further developed some near-universal field requirements in Oaxaca, Mexico in late April, 2017.

To see how the design of IIAB 6.3 progressed over the prior 3 months in more detail, please read our twice-weekly minutes here:


Note that a significant code refactoring occurred in early June 2017 — harmonizing most/all internal commands and variable names to "iiab-whatever" (uppercase or lowercase) after a decade of names like "xs-whatever" and "xsce-whatever".

IIAB 6.4 is expected next!

The latest stable release of IIAB should always be available at: https://github.com/iiab/iiab/releases/latest

The prior stable release was IIAB/XSCE 6.2 (from April 19, 2017, which added a few critical fixes since then) and remains available at under the prior naming convention: https://github.com/xsce/xsce/releases/latest

This across-the-board name change from XSCE to IIAB also means that our software code (multiple repos) now reside in a new home ( http://github.com/iiab). Whereas our old home (http://github.com/xsce) is now deprecated.

You can return to this IIAB 6.3 summary site anytime later, with short link: http://wiki.iiab.io/6.3