Signed build for Italy

Kim Quirk kim at
Tue Apr 29 23:02:01 EDT 2008

Hi Bernie,
Yes SKU 23 will come from Quanta with the 'ak' flag set (no activation lease
needed). To 'roll' your own builds, you will need developer keys.

I can make you the technical contact on the activation server to get the
developer keys, or you can designate someone else.

You can get the list of laptop serial numbers electronically from Brightstar
when production is finished (check with Nicole Dallow). Use that at the
activation server to get your own dev keys.

I think you understand the fact that OLPC won't be able to support custom
builds, so I would recommend that you try to build some local expertise as
quickly as possible. If there are bugs that seem critical to Italy, you will
have to have people to fix them locally and recreate the custom builds, etc.

It would be great if appropriate patches can be pushed back up to OLPC.


On Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 6:38 PM, Bernie Innocenti <bernie at>

> C. Scott Ananian wrote:
>   Italy is not interested in anti-theft of course.  Could they
> > >  have the laptops of SKU 23 already unlocked from the factory?
> > >
> >
> > Technically yes, but I am worried about Italy isolating themselves
> > from future updates from OLPC.  The "deployment team" will have to
> > make a decision there.  How large is the Italy deployment (or is this
> > a pilot)?
> >
> It's a real deployment, but not nationwide.  The numbers I hear keep
> changing everyday, but the initial agreement was for 5K laptops in
> Florence + 5K laptops in a twin city.  There are additional laptops
> for Brescia, Rome, and a mini-G1G1 that the ministry major for ICT
> wanted to promote.
> The deployment team will be mostly Torello and Francesco; Giulia and
> myself will help marginally -- or substantially, if we find the time.
> I'm not concerned about Italy remaining isolated, because of course
> the next OLPC release will catch up with Italian translation, and
> will therefore end this mini-fork.  How can we make sure SKU 23 comes
> with this little mfg-data change from Quanta?
> --
>  \___/
>  _| o |  Bernie Innocenti -
>  \|_X_|  "It's an education project, not a laptop project!"
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