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

Greg Smith (gregmsmi) gregmsmi at cisco.com
Wed Mar 19 09:47:57 EDT 2008

Hi Sameer,

I think you are on the right track in terms of laying out the use cases
and relevant variables. A full matrix of options will be too complicated
but we can list the main physical/HW variables and then put known
deployments in each category.

Something like:
Server HW (RAM/Disk) - big, medium, little
Bandwidth to Data Center -  big, medium little, none
Bandwidth to Internet  - big, medium, little
Power in school - enough for AP and 2 x servers, enough for one server
max, not enough for any servers,
Wireless access - Wireless AP, active attena, none
Size of school - 10 - 50, 51 - 100, 100 - 200

Could be more precise numerical values too.

After that we don't need a cross product of all variables. We can just
look at known constraints on SW and services based on that. 

E.g. You could say, if the best HW you can get is 512MB RAM and you only
have power for one box and you have medium BW to the data center you
should move squid to the data center. Or a simple one like, if you have
200 kids in the school you need a wireless AP.

I have deliverables for Uruguay web site building tool due this week so
my OLPC "spare" time is up and I need to pass the buck for now :-)

If you have a chance you could use the talk page at:
Or talk page at:


I did not realize that you are a teacher using Xos to teach! That gives
your comments special weight so please keep commenting from your real
world perspective.


Greg S

-----Original Message-----
From: Sameer Verma [mailto:sv3rma at gmail.com] On Behalf Of Sameer Verma
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2008 12:19 PM
To: Carol Lerche
Cc: Greg Smith (gregmsmi); server-devel at lists.laptop.org
Subject: Re: [Server-devel] Drupal on OLPC? (Martin Langhoff)

That's a great idea. A use case taxonomy for different environments,
including the non-OLPC centric ones as Carol pointed out. I have to run
off to a meeting...can someone start a wiki page for this? Starting at
the use case as opposed to software packages makes a lot more sense to
me. Use case establishes the specifics of the need, and that will then
lead to the selection of packages, Moodle or otherwise.

> So in the school I will deploy in two weeks I am using a commercial 
> access point, but the number of xos is small (4).  Fast access to the 
> net is possible in general but must be heavily restricted for the 
> kids.  I don't expect OLPC to tailor networking solutions to my 
> situation (I'm calling it 4/20s laptops per child), but I do think my 
> need for an easy to build local website  is transferrable to the 
> general case.  Personally, I'd love a drupal expert to configure it as

> an rpm for the server, so that it could be cleanly and simply 
> installed in the school server environment.
> On Mon, Mar 17, 2008 at 7:36 AM, Sameer Verma <sverma at sfsu.edu 
> <mailto:sverma at sfsu.edu>> wrote:

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