Faster and easier IT tools can benefit a lot of people all over the world. A goal that LXDE shares with One Laptop per Child. To bring LXDE on the XO-laptop can help to turn the XO from a tool for children only into a device for the whole family.
This year in April I had the chance to go to Afghanistan again continuing the cooperation with OLPC Afghanistan. The goal – to provide a drop in replacement for the Sugar desktop and to give users the choice between different desktops.
Whereas smaller kids use the laptop with all the advantages of the educational approach of Sugar, LXDE on the XO can be used by older family members as a more traditional desktop. Providing information about the local community and including projects like a collection of a local business directory makes the deployment of laptops more useful for the whole family and supports them in making a living and improving their lives.
Small energy saving devices like the XO offer access to knowledge and information in Afghanistan, even more so as the Afghan project deploys Freifunk Networks as part of the project implementation. A school server with thousands of books thus can serve local communities outside schools via advanced wifi mesh networks.
For a second cooperation with OLPC I am looking to Vietnam, that offers “all the ingredients” for a successful deployment of IT and communication technologies. The ultimate goal of OLPC Vietnam is a large scale deployment to support and foster the change of frontal teachers centralized methods to a learner and learning focused methodology in Vietnam.
# The OLPC Vietnam project with LXDE will be presented at the GNOME.Asia Summit in Vietnam from Nov. 20-22: http://gnome.asia
After our meet up at the Google Summit in Mountain View last week Yaakov Nemoy now published a simple Hacking Guide for LXDE/Fedora on the XO of the OLPC project. While Christoph Wickert and the LXDE team is already working on a fully supported version for the XO, this is “a bunch of quick and dirty hacks to get people started”.
Yaakov: We’ve got a few long term issues we have to look at.
- Getting an olpc-switch-foo app for switching to LXDE Including LXDE in a build rather than gnome
- Testing zypper as an alternative to yum. (We may just want to include both if there’s the space, i do not believe in shipping devices that are crippled if we can help it, we don’t know the true use case yet.)
- … it seems that the os8.img has issues with WPA access points.
We are documenting the advancements of LXDE on the XO in the LXDE Wiki (http://wiki.lxde.org/en/XO) as well as in the wiki of laptop.org (http://wiki.laptop.org/go/LXDE).
Visited the local post office earlier this week and collected a parcel from Berlin. Mario had sent me one OLPC XO courtsey of the LXDE Foundation. I will use it to participate in the LXDE based efforts for doing things for the OLPC project. The aims for the LXDE side of thing is to take the XO to children in a slightly older target audience. Kinda strange, I was stunned by the nice things included in the standard setup.
We did the unboxing at my house (I live with four other people here and we had even a guest from Switzerland over) and we were all amazed of the cute little machine. Me and one of the girls who are more in to the programming and doing interesting stuff besides surfing with a computer was carried away. I found myslef longing back to the days when I was a child. Ok, my C64 is still a bit cooler than the XO but there are some interesting similarities. The standard setup have some different applications to teach programming, more code in some and more for the problem solving in some. Terrific! That’s how it used to be back in the days (check out hacketyhack and _why for a overview of some the things I belive in. Doing real interesting stuff and not be served everything for instance).
Anyhow. I just got my developer key installed and disabled security in the machine, this will enable me to reflash it with either Fedora or Debian to run LXDE on top. As I am the Debian guy in other choices I am leaning more towards Fedora, kinda nice to be able to see something new here. I’ll check with cwickert about the status of the Fedora things.
The neighborhood thing is really really cool. Together with the mesh networking it’s like mindblowing. Why is that not default in all laptops? =)