[Community-news] OLPC News 2007-12-15 (Correction)

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[Community-news] OLPC News 2007-12-15

Postby walter » Sat Dec 15, 2007 12:40 pm

1. Kuala Lumpur: Matt Keller attended the Global Knowledge Conference
this past week; the conference brought together over 2000 people from
around the world. Matt was part of a BBC World debate on technology
and the developing world generally, and the XO specifically. While
most of the panelists were somewhat critical of olpc and OLPC, the
audience was very much in favor. The debate will be broadcast on BBC
World on five different occasions in January.

2. Montevideo: Michail Bletsas attended a technical meeting organized
by LATU to discuss the technical requirements for the connectivity
infrastructure of the schools in the Colonia and Durazno districts:
the next (after Florida) to get XO laptops after school commences
again in March. The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss the
main requirements of the RFP that is going to be issued in the next
few days. Michail also spent several hours at LATU discussing
connectivity details with the Ceibal team and left Uruguay impressed
with both the enthusiasm of the people involved in the project as well
as their accomplishments.

3. Cambridge: The learning team (Carla Gomez Munroy, Ed Baafi, Julian
Daily, Mel King, and David Cavallo) conducted the second monthly
workshop for countries. Attending were teams from Mongolia, Panama,
the city of Birmingham, Alabama, the US State Department for schools
in Iraq, and Calestus Juma as both a contributor and looking towards
Kenya and East Africa. The week went extremely well and most
encouraging is how participants are turning themselves into a strong
network for advancing learning in their countries. Special thanks also
to Erik Blankinship, Bakhtiar Mikhak, Ben Schwartz, and Shannon
Sullivan for demoing their activities on the XO during an afternoon
open house. The youth from the Learn to Teach: Teach to Learn program
working with Ed and Mel once again presented their work and
convincingly demonstrated the tremendous benefits for both the
"teachers" and "learners" when kids teach other kids.

4. Schedules: We did not quite get to code freeze today and will need
a few more days to get the most important bugs fixed for the Update1
release. (As Jim Gettys pointed out, the Update.1 release is driven by
completion of content, rather than driven by necessity of hardware
schedules.) We will start creating candidate releases next week.
Please see http://dev.laptop.org/roadmap for the list of bugs being
addressed and to look ahead to what we would like to go into Update.2.
Testing should be on-going on the Update.1 (stabilizing for release in
mid-January) and Joyride streams (mainline, features/fixes for
Update.2).

There is a discussion on the devel list about how to improve the build
process. Please feel free to make additional suggestions: we want to
the process to be more efficient for everyone.

5. Support Issues: A problem was found in Uruguay where where laptops
were losing the ability to display their Journal contents and launch
activities. Ivan Krstić did some heroic emergency debugging, created a
patch, and helped them to distribute a fix to all the students before
they were released for their summer vacation. There was also a problem
found in manufacturing where Spanish language laptops were booting up
in English. These two fixes, along with support for WPA were combined
into a patch release, Ship2-653, that should be available for
manufacturing early next week and to the general public soon
thereafter. People interested in testing this patch can download the
signed version (See http://download.laptop.org/xo-1/os/official/653/).

The first G1G1 recipients have started receiving laptops this week.
That means the calls, emails, IRC questions, and new community members
are beginning to show up all over. This week Adam Holt set up these
two Support wiki pages: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Support and
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Support_FAQ, which is a good launching point
for FAQs, as well as community-supported email, portals, and IRC. He
also set up mail@laptop.org and has begun the task of answering many
emails.

6. Documentation: We have a number of new pages on laptop.org geared
towards helping introduce the laptop to new users (Please see
http://laptop.org/start). These pages will evolve (and hopefully
improve) over the next few weeks as we get a better sense of the types
of questions people are asking from the fieldâ€â€
walter
 

[Community-news] OLPC News 2007-12-15 (Correction)

Postby walter » Sat Dec 15, 2007 1:02 pm

He also set up help@laptop.org

The first G1G1 recipients have started receiving laptops this week.
That means the calls, emails, IRC questions, and new community members
are beginning to show up all over. This week Adam Holt set up these
two Support wiki pages: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Support and
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Support_FAQ, which is a good launching point
for FAQs, as well as community-supported email, portals, and IRC. He
also set up mail@laptop.org and has begun the task of answering many
emails.

-walter
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One Laptop per Child
http://laptop.org
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