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).
My friend Kevin, who is based in Ho-Chi-Minh-City (former Saigon), has written a nice article about his experience with LXDE and Sidux on his blog Saigonnezumi.com. The post can be used as a how to for anyone who wants to try out LXDE on Sidux.
LXDE has the looks of KDE, the feel of Gnome and the simplicty of XFCE. It is nice windows manager for a laptop. Not too bloated, not too simple. It took me less than 5 minutes to get a feel for it. I still have much to learn about LXDE but I fell in love with it instantly. There are still features that I want to add, such as a dock, since I got used to it in Gnome. I read somewhere I can add one but I will need to research it more. Though it is only in beta, it is still stable enough to use on a laptop. Together with Sidux, it mades a great distro combination (Hint hint Sidux developers). Many of use like the Gnome desktop but I think we will settle for LXDE for Sidux. Read more about LXDE at their website: http://www.lxde.org. (saigonnezumi.com/2009/01/04/sid…)