[sugar] notes from the field - Mongolia

rihoward1 at gmail.com rihoward1 at gmail.com
Sat Oct 11 02:17:09 EDT 2008

You can transfers files between systems,  (in the absence of an XS  
server), using a light weight web server such as boa
To install boa on the XO:
su -
yum install boa

If you want more details on how to configure boa let me know and I  
will post the instructions.
  I use boa to pull log files off my XO.

Similarly you get get files off a MS Windows system using IIS.

Another email in this thread mentions the scripts for copying files  
to and form the Sugar Journal.

/Robert H.

On Oct 10, 2008, at 1:48 PM, Deniz Kural wrote:

> I see how my email wasn't so nice. Apologies for increasing the  
> animosity level. I was merely trying show how USB transfer from:
> 1) Xo to Xo
> 2) Other platform to Xo
> could be useful.
> Marco, I'm glad to have provoked a laugh, I was indeed joking. I  
> don't even know you.
> I agree with Martin -- I thought he didn't write anything  
> offensive. I will follow your advice, Edward, Tomeu.
> So to stay on topic,
> 1) I understand that there is in fact an easy way to transfer files  
> between XOs with a USB (which I believe is necessary per the  
> conditions in Mongolia - people living in mobile yurts, even in the  
> largest city and the capital etc. as explained). In the future, if  
> one day the network is universal, and the mesh works etc. I can see  
> why we wouldn't need it.
> 2) I understand that sugar might not have been intended to work  
> with other OS's, and should be thought of as an educational tool  
> meant for children instead of a general all-purpose laptop computer.
> But I also think, since this is a significant investment for many  
> people, referring to my original example of  a teacher  typing up a  
> reading (from a book let's say, or a handout)  on a regular  
> computer s/he already has back home, and being able to transfer  
> files back and forth on an Xo so s/he can distribute it to his/her  
> students.
> Thus, to fulfill its educational mission, Sugar cannot be a closed  
> box.
> Deniz
> On Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 8:43 AM, Tomeu Vizoso  
> <tomeu at tomeuvizoso.net> wrote:
> 2008/10/10 Deniz Kural <denizkural at gmail.com>:
> > This whole "why would you need a USB in mongolia?"  conversation  
> shows how
> > out of touch some people on this list are with the people the  
> project is
> > trying to reach.
> Deniz,
> this list if composed by people from all around the world, some of
> which have had contact with some cultures, others with other cultures.
> What we have in common is the desire to build a software platform that
> others can use to learn themselves and to teach others.
> As we have the wish that our work is universally used, we'll need to
> teach each other how is life in every part of the world and how we can
> better work so it serves best everywhere. Mikus hasn't been afraid of
> showing his ignorance about how USB sticks are used in Mongolia and
> you have kindly replied with an useful explanation.
> I hope we can keep sharing experiences like this but with a bit less
> of animosity.
> Regards,
> Tomeu
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