[Server-devel] Drupal on OLPC? (Martin Langhoff)

Greg Smith (gregmsmi) gregmsmi at cisco.com
Mon Mar 17 10:12:07 EDT 2008

Hi Martin et al,

Its great you will be on this full time, congratulations! Wad is a tough
act to follow but you have a super education background and technical
savvy in general.

I could use some direction on overall methodology of development and
support for the XS.

I can think of three models but you may have others in mind too:
A - An appliance type offering where the school systems buy an XS from
OLPC, boots it, does some basic configuration then they're done.

B - Schools buy a PC, install OS, XS image and maybe some other approved
modules (e.g. LAMP) then run a set of well defined and supported

C - Take the base XS image, add any applications they need and run a
more general purpose server.

In all cases, what kind of support should deployments expect from OLPC
and the list in general? Which model should we design to?

The current question may help clarify why I'm asking:

- Uruguay wants to the kids and teachers to have tools for building web
sites. The current thinking on what they need is posted here:

Should they look to the XS for the full solution (Moodle/MediaWiki may
solve their challenge...) or plan to install XS image then add some code
to it or plan to use XS and then add completely different servers
somewhere else in the network?

Another option is to not rely on the XS and do web site building on the
XO (e.g. browse directly out of the file system with no web server
needed) then post/copy the final version to Internet hosted sites.

Any tips on short term or long term strategy re: XS are appreciated.


Greg S


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Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2008 08:52:25 +1300
From: "Martin Langhoff" <martin.langhoff at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Server-devel] Drupal on OLPC?
To: "Sameer Verma" <sverma at sfsu.edu>
Cc: server-devel <server-devel at lists.laptop.org>
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On Fri, Mar 14, 2008 at 5:57 AM, Sameer Verma <sverma at sfsu.edu> wrote:
>  Moodle has blog functionality in the core install. It used to be
>  Journal way back, but its now replaced by blogs. I've used the
>  feature in my classes before, and it serves the blogging purpose
>  Why have yet another CMS even if the stack is the same (LAMP)?

that will be the main question. We have limited resources
(development-wise, and on the XS) and Moodle and Mediawiki will be on
the XS, and heavily customised to fit well in the workflow. Both have
strong content-management aspects. I am open to having a CMS there as
well, but it is hard to provide a clear added value with it.

Once the Moodle/Mediawiki combo is a bit more ship-shape, I would
invite Drupal/Mambo developers to have a look at what is in place, and
figure out if it is worth their effort to have a CMS install in there.
It won't be just a simple packaging issue -- UI changes,
preconfigured/pre-seeded databases, auth integration, etc.



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