[Server-devel] XSCE Update

David Farning dfarning at activitycentral.com
Sat Jul 20 13:44:53 EDT 2013

It has taken a while to recover from the Sprint in Winnipeg.... So
this week's update is about the some of the independant projects and
communities that become part of XSCE.

-- Internet in a Box ( http://internet-in-a-box.org/ ) We have heard
several references to IIAB in these updates. But what is IIAB? From
the website "The device includes Wikipedia in 40 languages, a library
of 40,000 e-books, most of the world's open source software and source
code, hundreds of hours of instructional videos, and world-wide
mapping down to street level." Please see the video on the site for
more information.

The really clever part of IIAB is how they adapt major sites like
openstreetmaps and wikipedia for offline rendering on a low power

-- Pathagar ( https://github.com/PathagarBooks/pathagar ) Pathagar is
a simple book server which uses the open OPDS Catalog format. For this
iteration, we are limiting Pathagar to use as a book server. With your
help we can catalog and server other forms of digital media.

Pathathgar is clever in that the catalog can be access via a web
browser or custom activities like getbooks.
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtRvMGEQrI0 )

-- Calibre ( http://calibre-ebook.com/ ) Calibre is a free and open
source e-book library management application developed by users of
e-books for users of e-books.

Whenever teachers talk about elibraries, one of their first questions
is how do we set up and curate our library? Calibre is a multiplatform
tools which works nicely with OPDS. If you are a teacher looking to
help, we could really use a written or video tutorial showing other
teachers how to setup and manage their ebook library!

-- VillageTelco ( http://villagetelco.org/ ) The Village Telco is an
initiative to build low-cost community telephone network hardware and
software that can be set up in minutes anywhere in the world. The
crossover between a village telephone network and a school or village
'ISP' is surprisingly high.

VillageTelco make school setup easier by reducing the need for a
onsite network engineer to set up the wireless network.

If you, or anyone you know, is involved in a project which might add
value to XSCE please let us know so we can have make your work
available to students and teachers around the world.

Now for the Heartfelt thanks....

XSCE is a free software project which depends on project like those
above who are willing to share their work with the world.

Thanks to these project for their willingness to lead from the front.

David Farning
Activity Central: http://www.activitycentral.com

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