[Olpc-mg] Olpc-mg Digest, Vol 3, Issue 16
ohshesang at gmail.com
Fri Jun 12 12:15:49 EDT 2009
I'm part of the OLPCorps team deploying in Ambatoharanana, and we just
recently received unfortunate news that all packages sent to the
country, regardless of charity status, will now have a tax levied on
them. Does anyone have any information about this? This would be a
significant hurdle and a large cost, as 100 XOs are already on their
way via DHL.
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> 1. Re: School server without/with wifi? (Katherine Doyle)
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> Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2009 14:49:50 -0400
> From: Katherine Doyle <katherine.e.doyle at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Olpc-mg] School server without/with wifi?
> To: Sameer Verma <sverma at sfsu.edu>
> Cc: Bruce Baikie <bruce at green-wifi.org>, kacandre at franxophonie.org,
> yamaplos at bolinux.org, alberic janvier gervais chimon
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> Hi all,
> Sameer is correct - the XS we are using as a part of OLPCorps has no
> wireless. It's my understanding that all previous deployments have
> bought their own server and simply installed the XS software on it. We
> will be able to connect an access point to the XS we received with a
> USB cord, thus creating a wireless network.
> Greetings to all from Kigali!
> On 6/11/09, Sameer Verma <sverma at sfsu.edu> wrote:
>> On Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 2:46 AM, Samy Boutayeb (OLPC
>> France)<samy.boutayeb at olpc-france.org> wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> Two days ago, Ka?andre, from FranXOphonie (http://www.franxophonie.org )
>>> and the Ecole Nationale Sup?rieure de Libreville, who is actually in
>>> Kigaly, with the "OLPC learning centre"
>>> (http://www.newtimes.co.rw/index.php?issue=13922&article=16468 ) told us
>>> the technical specifications of the "School server". This hardware should
>>> be used in the 30 OLPC deployments due in various african countries,
>>> them in Ambatoharanana (see http://ampitso.wordpress.com/ ) in
>>> The hardware configuration is the following:
>>> SolidLogic GS-L02 Fanless Mini-ITX System
>>> ? - Mainboard: EPIA LN10000EG 1GHz
>>> ? - Case: Serener GS-L02 Fanless Mini-ITX Case - Black
>>> ? - Memory: DDR2 667 RAM 1GB
>>> ? - Hard Disk/Flash: Seagate Barracuda 3.5" SATA Hard Drive - 160GB
>>> ? - Operating System: None
>>> ? - Accessories: None
>>> ? - Build and Test: Build & Test: Fanless - Standard (3-5 full
>>> business days)
>>> ? - Power Switch: None - Unit will be set to Auto-Power-On
>>> ? - Wireless: None
>>> There are images of the motherboard here:
>>> ... and from the enclosure here:
>>> However, I didnt see any wifi component in this configuration.
>>> I assume the configuration of the wireless network and the Internet
>>> should be discussed among the participants of the training in Kigali, but
>>> does anyone could share with us his/her vision or experience in that
>>> Thank you in advance
>>> Samy Boutayeb
>>> Secr?taire OLPC France
>>> samy.boutayeb at olpc-france.org
>>> Olpc-mg mailing list
>>> Olpc-mg at lists.laptop.org
>> It is my understanding that the wireless component (be it active
>> antenna or access point) lives physically outside the school server
>> (for convenience) and is attached either via Ethernet (as in most wifi
>> access points) or USB (as in the active antenna). I must note that
>> OLPC is not deploying any active antennas at the moment.
>> If there are multiple access points and/or multiple USB AA, the
>> devices are "bonded" so as to provide service across all the bonded
>> By the way, we tested a fit-pc
>> (http://www.fit-pc.com/new/whats-new.html) as school server for about
>> 14 XOs yesterday (the Maroantsetra batch), and it performed without a
>> hitch. We actually ran it off a portable battery :-) The revision of
>> fit-pc (fit-pc2
>> http://fit-pc2.com/wiki/index.php?title=Fit-PC2_Specifications) has
>> specs closer to the ones mentioned above. We might get our hands on
>> one soon...we'll elt you know how that goes.
>> Hope this helps.
>> Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
>> Associate Professor of Information Systems
>> San Francisco State University
>> San Francisco CA 94132 USA
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