[ANNOUNCE] OLPC OS 10.1.3 final release

Simon Schampijer simon at schampijer.de
Sun Jan 16 05:59:00 EST 2011


Dear olpc community,

we are very pleased to announce build os860 as the final 10.1.3 release 
build for XO-1 and XO-1.5 laptops!

This is an update to software release 10.1.2 that fixes important bugs 
and includes some new improvements (listed at the bottom of this mail). 
The release is based on Fedora 11 and contains the latest Sugar 0.84 and 
the GNOME desktop.

The full release notes can be found at [1]. Instructions for installing 
the release on an XO can be found at [2].

Many thanks to everyone -- testers, translators, documenters,
developers and others -- who contributed to this release!

On behalf of the OLPCA-team,
    Simon

[1] http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Release_notes/10.1.3
[2] http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Release_notes/10.1.3#Installation



==New features==

===Collaboration "under a tree" on XO-1.5===
We have significantly improved collaboration when XO-1.5 is used with no 
Access Points available ("under a tree"). The Neighborhood View now 
shows three default Ad-hoc networks (for channels 1, 6, and 11) in 
user-friendly icons, and XOs will auto-connect without user 
intervention. This behavior is similar to the "mesh" behavior on XO-1.

===Sharing/Backup Journal entries using a mass storage device===
You may now share Journal entries with another learner using a [[USB 
drive]] or SD card. The user experience is: Martin wants to give a 
picture he has been drawing to Simon. He plugs in his USB drive and 
copies the Journal entry on the drive. Simon plugs in Martin's drive in 
his laptop. The entry will be shown with Martin's XO color on the drive. 
Simon copies Martin's entry into his Journal.

You can use this feature to backup Journal entries to a USB drive or SD 
card.

===Connect your XO to external projectors and monitors===
We have added support for USB2VGA adapters. You can now connect an XO to 
a projector over a USB2VGA adapter and project what is on your XO screen 
onto a screen or for many people to see.

===Screen Rotation on XO-1.5===
On XO-1.5 it is now possible to rotate the screen using the 'rotate' 
button. This allows learners to use the XO in ebook mode.

===Protected Activities Support===
In this build certain activities are protected from being deleted by 
accident. In the activity list in the home view the erase option is 
disabled for those. Protected activities are: Browse, Terminal, Log, 
Write, ImageViewer and Record.

===Better interaction between GNOME and Sugar===
Switching between Sugar and GNOME user interfaces is smoother. Changes 
of settings in GNOME now do not affect Sugar, and vice-versa.

The ~/Activities directory is now hidden from the user in GNOME, to 
prevent accidental deletions that could harm Sugar. The networking 
settings are now synchronized so enabling/disabling networking is unified.

Users can now change GNOME panels and fonts without risk of breaking 
GNOME -- invalid settings are reset on restart.

The dialog to set a GNOME keyring password when connecting to a secure 
wireless network has been disabled.

===Browse===
A home button has been added into the Browse toolbar. The button returns 
to the home page, where important links are.

A busy cursor has been added for when a page is loading. This was 
present in 8.2.1 but missing from 10.1.2.

Finally, previews for downloaded images have been added, so that the 
Journal will show appropriate thumbnails of downloaded images.

===Paint===
The Paint activity has been improved a lot:

* The cursor has been enhanced and realigned,
* Text tool has been improved
* New filters: invert colors and mirror effects
* Tool size and shape are shown
* Improvements to copy and paste

===Read===
Scrolling has been improved.  The up and down directional keypad to the 
left of the XO display will now scroll, which is especially useful if 
the laptop is in ebook mode. Using the fn key with the up and down arrow 
keys will now scroll by page.

===Write===
You can now paste images into Write. Images can be copied from Browse, 
Paint or Write. You can now put images into tables and export to PDF.

The style list has been reordered to place paragraph text styles before 
heading styles.

===Wikipedia===
Page loading has been sped up and several smaller fixes made.

===Scratch===
A new camera plugin adds importing from camera on XO-1.

===Activity Updates===
We included the latest versions of Calculate, Colors, Distance, Etoys, 
Help, InfoSlicer, Jukebox, Labyrinth, Memorize, Physics, Pippy, Turtle 
Art and Typing Turtle.

===System Lid Behavior===
When the lid is closed on the XO, the laptop will suspend its operations 
and turn off the screen.  Historically re-opening the lid has turned on 
the screen and woken up the laptop for normal use.  In order to avoid a 
problem where stacked XO units may accidentally turn each other back on, 
this wake-up behavior has been disabled.  To wake up the laptop from 
suspend press the power button once.


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