NOW: Contributors Program Mtg! (Fri 2PM Boston time, #olpc-meeting)

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Fri Sep 4 14:18:04 EDT 2009

Please join us Right Now reviewing the latest OLPC/Sugar community 
projects over IRC Live Chat:  (2PM EDT Boston Time Friday)

Then type at bottom:
/join #olpc-meeting


* New projects & libraries -- teaching them Community Outreach:

* Which projects might you enjoy Mentoring?!

* Fast Review of the 5 latest (greatest!) HW/Project Proposals -- please
  join us advocating for and/or reviewing shortcomings of these proposals:

1. Ambulant (W3C Smile 3.0 implementation) - Netherlands
   (project needs to provide public URL!)

   Requests 2 XO-1's and 1 XO-1.5 over 12+ months

   Project Objectives:
   The goal is to be able to verify that the Ambulant software incorporated
   in the Smile activity operates properly on the XO with Sugar and to
   reproduce reported problems.

2. South Tyrol Lending Library - Italy

   Requests 10 XO-1's over 12 months

   Project Objectives:

    * Helping Italian speaking schools from a sugar soas environment to
      a XO/Sugar one
    * Italian schools are already using Sugar in thier Linux computer
      classrooms in some cases, the logical next step is to convince
      teachers to experiment with XOs.
    * Translating the manual to Italian language

3. Palaver Project - Liberia

   Requests 2 XO's over 6+ months

   Project Objectives:
   Objective 1: To gather interest in the community by teachers, parents 
and students in having laptops as learning tools.
   Objective 2: To have a laptop for each student and teacher at 
Virginia Christian Academy in the Lower Virginia community in Liberia. 
There are approximately 150 students.
   Objective 3: To increase literacy in the community by having ebooks 
available for the children and their families to practice and enjoy. 
Liberia has only a 40% literacy rate. 
   Objective 4: To break down tribal barriers and create an atmosphere 
of collaboration through the use of technology and a network.

4. Aura OS, STS SpreadSheet, LittleJect File Compressor -- India

   Requests 2 XO 1.5's over 24+ months

   Project Objectives:

   Aura is an open source operating system which is based on OpenSuSE
   11.1 platform. Some members of Phoenix Team had recently proposed that
   it would be nice if we can work our way towards running Aura in XO and
   XO-1.5 netbooks. We are currently designing this project in 2 sub

   -BASE PROJECT -- which is intentionally designed for low power
    machines, like old Intel P3 or Celeron which will install well inside
    the limit of 700 MiB. The XO is a good target for this type of stream.
   -Phoenix Aura-X -- Normal, full functional operating system designed
    specifically for home or developers' usage.

   Phoenix Aura will be:
   = Free of Charge, including every release
   = Open to modify its design and kernel
   = We are thinking to ship Aura free to every country for only shipping
     and handeling charges.

   =To provide free, interactive and full functional OS to youth.
   =Provide operating system for developer schools in India,,,(Some
    developers working for schools)
   =To increase the potential of FOSS.


   Spread-The-Sheet or STS is open source SpreadSheet program similar to
   Microsoft Office Excel or Calc... but it is simple and
   interactive, allowing even children to use it.
   STS is aimed clearly for children(or more specifically, youth) to use it.


   LittleJect is a codename of a project which Phoenix-Team is currently
   developing in addition to BoomingBang(Codename Imperius)
   It is a file compression utility which is aimed to compress higher
   than 70%. We are in early development phase of this project which has
   just started in August.

5. OLOGO (OLPC Logo), Education game(s), Photo Editing - New York, USA (not active yet)

   Requests 2 XO-1's and 2 XO-1.5's over 12 months

   Project Objectives:

   The overall program objective is to enhance the OLPC and increase its
   value to the end users as a fun and educational tool.

   -The OLPC Logo program will allow the users to create graphics, and
    also learn how to write small scripts that can produce spriograph type

   -The educational game(s) will be decided during the project, but aim at
    being addictive (ex. The incredible machine), and support learning as

   -The photo editing program is aimed to inspire the users by taking
    photos from the internal camera, and allow quick modifications and
    filters with an easy to use interface.
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