[Server-devel] Server-devel Digest, Vol 75, Issue 25

Tony Anderson tony at olenepal.org
Mon Jul 29 12:56:13 EDT 2013


The XS-0.7 release of the school server software is built with CentOS 
6.2. The main problem is that CentOS does not support the ARM isa.
XSCE, as I understand it, arose to fill an urgent need to implement the 
school server on ARM to reduce the power requirements of the school server.

Also in my understanding, XSCE was ported to run on the Fedora base used 
on the XO for Sugar. This was needed to enable XO hardware to be
used for the school server.

In short, there is no reason to do anything to run the school server on 
the Intel isa, just use XS-0.7.

In my understanding, the Sugar Desktop runs on Fedora on both Intel and 
ARM architectures. The fact that Sugar is extensively tested and 
supported in the Fedora environment probably outweighs any stability 
advantage of CentOS.


On 07/29/2013 06:00 PM, server-devel-request at lists.laptop.org wrote:
> We are mixing our channels abit here.
>>>A Sugar based desktop on CentOS is pretty unlikely. As Peter noticed,
>>>there are many dependencies necessary for a recent Sugar which are not
>>>present in CentOS. CentOS intentionally lagges fedora by several
>>>releases for stability. If someone wanted to do it badly enough, it
>>>would be possible to backport the fedora 18 GTK stack to CentSO
>>>A school server based on CentOS or Ubuntu LTS is more likely. The
>>>challenge is remaining compatible with XOs. For hardware
>>>compatibility, a XO requires recent OLPC-OS versions which are based
>>>on recent fedora version.
>>>The step necessary to make XSCE on CentOS run on _Commodity_X86_
>>>hardware are not that great. The problem is that it would require
>>>maintain a non-XO branch in parallel with the XO compatible branch..
>>>Anyone have the time, energy, and flame retardant skin to tackle that?

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