Xubuntu on OLPC X-1

Hellânio Costa hellanio at virtual.ufc.br
Tue Jul 1 10:51:37 EDT 2014

Thanks for listening,

Well, apparently I better go from idea to use fedora with xfce, but it
becomes unfeasible to use sd card in each device and therefore we
restricted the internal memory of the notebook.

I believe a teacher contact Ricardo Carrano can I get a case of successful
use of these notebooks.

The most important thing now is to get a developer key for me to use the
OLPC OS Builder and leave the system as clean as possible.

Thanks again for the answers.

2014-07-01 7:40 GMT-03:00 James Cameron <quozl at laptop.org>:

> Xubuntu does work on the XO-1 and XO-1.5, but it isn't easy.
> I agree with Martin, a better path may be to customise OLPC OS using
> our OS Builder, to remove Sugar and add XFCE.  It could probably be
> made to look identical to Xubuntu, with some work.
> My prior work on Ubuntu for the XO-1 and XO-1.5 in 2010, with a few
> changes, was successful in getting Xubuntu desktop running on an XO-1
> and XO-1.5.
> Here is the method I used:
> 1.  select an Ubuntu Trusty 14.04 desktop system with at least 8GB
>     RAM, and install the debootstrap package:
>     sudo apt-get install debootstrap
> 2.  clone the trusty-minimal branch of my uxo repository:
>     git clone --depth 1 --branch \
>         trusty-minimal git://dev.laptop.org/users/quozl/uxo/.git uxo
>     cd uxo
> 3.  run the mkuxo script as root:
>     sudo ./mkuxo
>     This will download the minimal packages, assemble an operating
>     system, and put in the built/ directory a uxo-minimal.trusty.img
>     file.
>     This file is a disk image, ready for writing to an SD card or USB
>     drive with minimum size 4GB, erasing what is there.
> 4.  write the disk image to an SD card or USB drive, and boot an
>     XO-1.5 or XO-1 from it, (it must be unsecured),
> 5.  log in at the console with username olpc, no password,
> 6.  add a USB ethernet adapter, or manually configure the wireless
>     network:
>     sudo ifconfig wlan0 up
>     sudo iwconfig wlan0 essid my-open-network
>     sudo dhclient wlan0
> 7.  install the graphics drivers:
>     sudo apt-get update
>     sudo apt-get install \
>         xserver-org \
>         xinit \
>         xterm \
>         xserver-xorg-video-openchrome \
>         xserver-xorg-video-geode
> 8.  install the Ubuntu standard and Xubuntu desktop packages:
>     sudo apt-get install ubuntu-standard xubuntu-desktop
> 9.  reboot
>     sudo reboot
> This would need further work before users would be happy with it.  In
> particular it boots much slower than OLPC OS, and login takes a while.
> The screensaver on XO-1.5 turns off video output, which causes the
> image to degrade.  There's no network connection applet.
> Installing onto the internal storage of the XO-1, instead of using an
> SD card or USB drive, is probably possible, but I have not written
> that script.
> Installing Xubuntu is also very slow on an XO-1, with an SD card,
> taking an hour or so.  Including the Xubuntu Desktop package in the
> build might speed that up, but there are some bugs preventing that.
> I hope that can get you or someone else started, or at least help you
> assess the size and scope of the task.
> Ask the teachers what parts of Xubuntu they want; the desktop, the
> apps, the infrastructure, the security updates, or the name.  ;-)
> On developer keys, use the collection stick on our Wiki and send me
> the laptops.dat file.  Try just two laptops to start with, and I can
> see if a key can be made for them.
> --
> James Cameron
> http://quozl.linux.org.au/

       Hellânio Ferreira da Costa
"Um tropeço pode evitar uma queda."
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