Activities won't auto-install from USB "bundles" folder onto 11.3.0?

Jerry Vonau jvonau at
Thu Nov 10 11:51:38 EST 2011

On Wed, 2011-11-09 at 20:40 -0500, Kevin Gordon wrote:
> Here's an old thread of a convo I had in Feb.  Maybe it will help?
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> Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 10:20:59 -0500
> From: Kevin Gordon <kgordon420 at>
> Subject: Old bundle update method
> To: OLPC Development <devel at>
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> Folks:
> Back in the old days, when velociraptors roamed the Earth, and build
> 802
> ruled the XO1 environment, there was a neat little customization that
> one
> could put on a USB stick that enabled one to install a bunch of
> activities
> just by booting with the customized USB stick installed.
> The technique we used was to have a 'boot' directory off the root that
> contained two files, and  Also one would have a
> directory off the root named 'bundles' which contained all of the
> desired
> '.xo' files.  Last, there was little file in the root called
> 'configuration-2'.
> I have copied these files over onto a stick with the 860 builds, but
> the
> activity install does not seem to run.  Could it be that a) I need
> different
> versions of the .zip files in the boot directory, or b) this
> techinique is
> no longer supported on the new firmware/OS combination, or c) it
> doesn't
> work on machines with security disabled)  Or, maybe all three.
> Cheers

I'll go with "c" in order to boot an unlocked XO you need to supply
boot/olpc.fth and your supplying & If the security
keys match-up you should be able to boot with the "X" button to enable
security from an unlocked XO. You could extract the kernel, initrd from
the zip files placing them in /boot and supply an olpc.fth file.


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