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School Server 0.5.1 - holding the XO universe together

A couple of weeks ago, OLPC XS 0.5.1 was released with little fanfare. Everyone was busy -- understandably so -- and the announcement went unnoticed. So perhaps it is time to go back and look at it in detail. The School Server is a Fedora-based distro that auto-installs and (mostly) auto configures itself into a server that complements with the XO laptop. Even if it is not obvious, the XO behaves much better when it is working on a network managed by a School Server. And in locations with limited or no Internet access, a School Server with a bounty of educational content makes a huge difference. XS 0.5.x is a big leap forward from the earlier series. It upgrades the base OS from Fedora 7 to Fedora 9, streamlines instalation and configuration, and is a better platform to build upon. Ah, yes! It also has some cool new features. So what does the XS do for your XOs? Read the rest of this entry
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Worldfocus.org's OLPC Rwanda Video

Worldfocus.org has produced a video report that describes OLPC Rwanda’s plans to provide computer access to the country’s 2.3 million schoolchildren:
via worldfocus.org
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Martin's Moodle Moot UK 2009

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Martin at Moodle Moot '08"]DSC00181[/caption] Martin Langhoff -- our School Server Architect, and long time core Moodle developer reports:
The Moodle UK community just had one of the best MoodleMoots ever. I had the good chance to keynote there, to tell the community about my almost-year away working on XS plumbing, and how it's now the time to turn the XS into a learning tool. Social constructivism runs strong in the Moodle community, so when we talk of opening doors to our users' curiosity, they know first hand about it. And it is a good thing to be able to pierce through the media doom and gloom stories and tell them about the good things that are actually happening on the ground. The feedback was fantastic, and I am hoping to form a "Moodle-on-XS" test team, and to draw together many very active teachers from the K-12 space to help map out how to make Moodle better for primary schoolers.
You can watch the keynote on video -- select the "Moodle and OLPC" video here: http://cardiffschools.net/~tv/cy/moodle.htm Read the rest of this entry
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School Server v0.6 released

The School Server is a key component of OLPC deployments -- and one that was somewhat late to the stage. So it is very good news that there is a new! improved! version 0.6 available. The main goal of this release has been to make making installation and configuration easier and more reliable. It is an incremental update on the XS-0.5.x codebase, so light on new features but strong on the "it just works" side. And very easy to upgrade for XS-0.5.x users.Read the rest of this entry

School Server 0.5.1 - holding the XO universe together

A couple of weeks ago, OLPC XS 0.5.1 was released with little fanfare. Everyone was busy -- understandably so -- and the announcement went unnoticed. So perhaps it is time to go back and look at it in detail. The School Server is a Fedora-based distro that auto-installs and (mostly) auto configures itself into a server that complements with the XO laptop. Even if it is not obvious, the XO behaves much better when it is working on a network managed by a School Server. And in locations with limited or no Internet access, a School Server with a bounty of educational content makes a huge difference. XS 0.5.x is a big leap forward from the earlier series. It upgrades the base OS from Fedora 7 to Fedora 9, streamlines instalation and configuration, and is a better platform to build upon. Ah, yes! It also has some cool new features. So what does the XS do for your XOs? Read the rest of this entry
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Worldfocus.org's OLPC Rwanda Video

Worldfocus.org has produced a video report that describes OLPC Rwanda’s plans to provide computer access to the country’s 2.3 million schoolchildren:
via worldfocus.org
Read the rest of this entry

Martin's Moodle Moot UK 2009

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Martin at Moodle Moot '08"]DSC00181[/caption] Martin Langhoff -- our School Server Architect, and long time core Moodle developer reports:
The Moodle UK community just had one of the best MoodleMoots ever. I had the good chance to keynote there, to tell the community about my almost-year away working on XS plumbing, and how it's now the time to turn the XS into a learning tool. Social constructivism runs strong in the Moodle community, so when we talk of opening doors to our users' curiosity, they know first hand about it. And it is a good thing to be able to pierce through the media doom and gloom stories and tell them about the good things that are actually happening on the ground. The feedback was fantastic, and I am hoping to form a "Moodle-on-XS" test team, and to draw together many very active teachers from the K-12 space to help map out how to make Moodle better for primary schoolers.
You can watch the keynote on video -- select the "Moodle and OLPC" video here: http://cardiffschools.net/~tv/cy/moodle.htm Read the rest of this entry
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School Server v0.6 released

The School Server is a key component of OLPC deployments -- and one that was somewhat late to the stage. So it is very good news that there is a new! improved! version 0.6 available. The main goal of this release has been to make making installation and configuration easier and more reliable. It is an incremental update on the XS-0.5.x codebase, so light on new features but strong on the "it just works" side. And very easy to upgrade for XS-0.5.x users.Read the rest of this entry