[Server-devel] drupal on OLPC?

Greg Smith (gregmsmi) gregmsmi at cisco.com
Thu Mar 13 09:19:49 EDT 2008

Hi Ben,

Your timing is excellent!

The kids in Uruguay have started blogging a lot with the XO. Posting
Adivinanzas (riddles) seem like a popular item.

See: http://www.blogger.com/profile/06134894806578234196

Now they are asking for more sophisticated content management and we
have already flagged Drupal as a tool that may fit the bill. I wrote a
brief requirements definition of what they want, now posted here:

We need another round of discussion with the teachers to nail down their
requirements but all signs point towards Drupal so far...

Do you know what it would take to translate the full Drupal UI to

I replied here to bring any interested people with us, but you can reply
on the server list only and I'll pick it up there.


Greg S


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Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2008 21:47:06 +0100
From: "bert boerland" <bert at boerland.com>
Subject: drupal on OLPC?
To: devel at lists.laptop.org
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Dear All,

As a member of the Drupal community, I would like to see the Open Source
CMS Drupal ship on the OLPC. Drupal is a state of the art Content
Managment System / Framework  with lots of modules and hence potential
implementations. Drupal can be a wiki, a blog, a news aggregator, a
youtube clone, a flickr etc...

Having Drupa ship on every OLPC would be great for the young users; they
can easy write and share information.

I can make some noise in the Drupal community to let some of the members
help making this happen. But what would it take fom a technical and
procedural side to make this happen?

Some work on Drupal on OLPC has already been done, see

Would you please help me point to the right direction to make this



bert boerland

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Message: 3
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2008 17:04:09 -0400
From: "Benjamin M. Schwartz" <bmschwar at fas.harvard.edu>
Subject: Re: drupal on OLPC?
To: bert boerland <bert at boerland.com>
Cc: devel at lists.laptop.org
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On Wed, 2008-03-12 at 21:47 +0100, bert boerland wrote:
> Dear All,
> As a member of the Drupal community, I would like to see the Open 
> Source CMS Drupal ship on the OLPC.

The OLPC XO is virtually the worst possible server platform.  It is
highly mobile, has little memory or disk space, usually runs on battery,
and aggressively turns off its CPU when not in use.  It's also unlikely
to have internet connectivity at any given time, and its network
connection is purely wireless (and constantly changing).  Think of it
like running Drupal on your cell phone, or Nokia n810.

Drupal would potentially be very useful on the School Server, which is a
much more appropriate platform.  The current prototypes of the school
server are configured to run Moodle.  You will have to make a case that
Drupal is a sensible counterpart to Moodle, can be integrated with it,
or should replace it.  Regardless, the place to make that case is
server-devel at lists.laptop.org.


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