The XO-1.5 software plan.

Edward Cherlin echerlin at
Sat May 16 13:25:01 EDT 2009

On Fri, May 15, 2009 at 1:17 PM, Chris Ball <cjb at> wrote:
> We have some good news:  OLPC has decided to base its software release
> for the new XO-1.5 laptop on Fedora 11.  Unlike previous releases, we
> plan to use a full Fedora desktop build, booting into Sugar but giving
> users the option to switch into a standard GNOME install instead.
> (This will mostly be useful for older kids in high school.)

We shall see at what age it becomes practical to introduce children to
Gnome. I'm looking forward to the experiment.

> I'm particularly happy about this plan because it will allow us to
> catch up with the awesome work present in the Sugar community's most
> recent release, Sugar 0.84, as well as merging the latest Fedora work
> and including GNOME into the mix for the first time.  The new machines
> will have 1GB of RAM and 4GB of flash, so we have enough room for both
> environments at once.
> We think we'll need to use our own kernel and initrd, but the other
> base packages we expect to need are present in Fedora already,
> including Sugar; in fact, we already have an F11+Sugar+GNOME build
> for the XO-1 using pure Fedora packages.  That build will get better
> as a result of this work (although OLPC's focus will be on getting
> the XO-1.5 running) and it will form the basis for the XO-1.5 build.
> If you're interested in contributing, we'd certainly love your help,
> and you can find us on the fedora-olpc mailing list¹, and freenode
> IRC's #fedora-olpc channel.  Our existing F11 build images for the
> XO-1 are here², and we'll soon begin publishing images for the XO-1.5
> too.  XO-1.5 beta machines will start to be manufactured over the next
> few months, and will be available to contributors as part of our
> Contributors Program³ once the hardware's up and running.

In the meantime, are there instructions anywhere for setting up these
builds in VirtualBox?

> Finally, thanks are due to the volunteer Fedora packagers and testers
> who helped us get to the point of being able to commit to Fedora 11
> for this new build, in particular: Fabian Affolter, Kushal Das, Greg
> DeKoenigsberg, Martin Dengler, Scott Douglass, Sebastian Dziallas,
> Mikus Grinbergs, Bryan Kearney, Gary C. Martin, Steven M. Parrish,
> and Peter Robinson.  Thanks!


> - Chris, for the OLPC techteam.
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> Chris Ball   <cjb at>
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