Babbage Net School (Chicago Tutoring Center) Laptop Deployment
C. Scott Ananian
cscott at laptop.org
Thu Oct 23 20:38:49 EDT 2008
On Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 8:02 PM, Victoria Blackaby
<VictoriaB at brillianceacademy.net> wrote:
> We've spoken a few times on the IRC chat line. I'm Victoria from Chicago, trying to deploy XO's for a tutoring center. I've spoken with you and Mitch about using a fedora base with fvwm to handle our tutoring section, and then giving the students a chance to switch between xfce and sugar, which was, as I was lead to understand, in the works. ;)
> So... now.. we have 300 XO's, and they are sitting in my office, and I am attempting to follow your instructions of packaging everything I need in an RPM and installing them on the machines. This was to prevent the developer-key issue, the unlocking the machines issue, the signed image issue, and like four other issues I don't remember.
> The only thing is, there laptops are build 656, so if I understand right, I will need to upgrade them to a later build in order for the switcher and other programs to work, then install my RPM that adds the functionality I need. This then becomes a multi-step procedure for me, flashing the new images, installing my deployment changes, and then, installing the individual student's curriculum on the machines.
> In talking to Lfaraone in chat, he suggested that I just get a signed build. However, when I first asked about a signed build in April I was told there weren't enough time or resources to sign a build for me,and that I should go the RPM route.
> Can you please advise me on how to proceed?
Reflashing the machines to 8.2 would probably be the best way to
start. That takes time; there are multicast mechanisms which can be
used but they tend to be very tricky to set up. Maybe someone on
devel@ can give you better guidance on that. Otherwise, making 10 or
so USB keys and flashing in parallel is not *too* painful.
Instead of XFCE, I'd recommend using the Fedora build for the XO. You
will need developer keys. You should probably begin by creating a
collection key using the instructions at
and collecting serial numbers and UUIDs from all 300 machines and
submitting that to help at laptop.org to get a developer key file for all
XFCE was a experiment, it's not officially supported. The Fedora
community is going to support the Fedora/XO port; they should be able
to help you customize it for you use.
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