[Olpc-open] friendly manual

gnome gnome at greenglim.com
Sat Dec 22 22:57:50 EST 2007

Yes, indeed.  There's a distinct lack of a friendly manual.  Maybe this 
is something we could do as a community?  The OLPC folks have to be 
stretched pretty thin! :-D     
The olpcnews forums that I mention below would be the place to try to 
start something like that perhaps?  Or do the Mavens at MIT have a plan 
that the rest of us could help with?

Re the question about access points: the Green Machine does not play 
well with WPA security.  If that's what you have, there's a workaround 
here: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/WPA_Manual_Setting .  It'll probably 
seem geeky to people new to Linux, but judging by comments, some of them 
have tackled it successfully too.  It worked for me. 

There's also scuttlebutt that the next software upgrade to the XO 
operating system will solve the wpa problem.  But I don't know how hairy 
the upgrading process will be.  Maybe best to start getting used to the 
command line now :-\ . 

(And maybe also wondering when an ubuntu version will be offered as an 
option!  Sugar is great.  Don't get me wrong.  But also oddly limiting 
in unexpected ways.)

Elaine's links to the User Guide and Support page are bursting with good 
material.  The Support FAQ is a gold mine, too.  (Linked on the Support 
page.)  Another source of help is http://www.olpcnews.com, and the 
related forums (olpcnews.com/forums).  They don't replace a good manual 
since information can be scattered and require too much digging, but at 
least it's there!

Cheers to all, and wonderful holidays!


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