[Server-devel] [XSCE] XSCE usage analysis: Malaysia Deployment

Curt Thompson curtathompson at gmail.com
Sat Apr 26 18:57:04 EDT 2014

Hi Joanne,

Basically whether it's worth it to try XSCE/IIAB depends on what you're
trying to do and the relative 'costs' (cost of hardware, set-up time,
maintenance time).  If you're just trying to set up the server to serve
internet-in-a-box, it's fairly straightforward.  It is certainly helpful
to have some basic understanding of how to use a command line and
ideally whoever sets it up should have some familiarity with Linux.

The problems you're seeing in this list probably arise because
SchoolServer is being put in a larger infrastructure, as a gateway
between the laptops and the real internet, with options for
blacklisting/whitelisting websites and "local caching" of frequently
visited sites to keep bandwidth costs down.  If you're not looking to
connect to the "real internet," you *probably* won't run into most of
these problems.

I have set up a few SchoolServers for testing, and I was tangentially
involved in setting up a couple for computer clubs in Haiti - If you
like, I'd be happy to talk with you about what you're looking to do in
Uganda and give you my opinion on if/how SchoolServer/IIAB can help. 
You can call me anytime today at 626-817-2878 or if you prefer email:
curtathompson at gmail.com

Curt Thompson

On 4/26/2014 3:01 PM, Joanne Clemente wrote:
> I signed up for this listserv because I thought it would be a good idea to use a server and Internet in a Box for deployments of XOs in Uganda. I am not a techie and these emails are scaring me to death. Is it advisable for a novice to try a server in a school that has XOs or should I just stick to using lone computers?
> Joanne
> Joanne Clemente, Ed.D.
> Director of Online Learning
> Center for Adult Student Education
> Blackboard Administrator
> Dominican College
> Orangeburg, NY
> 845.848.4017 work
> 914.260.6237 cell
> ________________________________________
> From: server-devel-bounces at lists.laptop.org [server-devel-bounces at lists.laptop.org] On Behalf Of Tim Moody [tim at timmoody.com]
> Sent: Saturday, April 26, 2014 12:41 PM
> To: xsce-devel at googlegroups.com; xsce-devel at googlegroups.com; tkkang at nurturingasia.com; Server-Devel at Lists. Org
> Subject: Re: [Server-devel] [XSCE] XSCE usage analysis: Malaysia Deployment
> We had this problem in Haiti as well.  I always do a minimal Linux install which just creates boot, swap, and all remaining disk on root.  The alternate is the original xs partition scheme with a small root and everything else in library. Of course your solution will work too.
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> From: "" <tkkang at nurturingasia.com>
> To: "Tim Moody" <tim at timmoody.com>, "xsce-devel at googlegroups.com" <xsce-devel at googlegroups.com>, "tkkang at nurturingasia.com" <tkkang at nurturingasia.com>, "Server-Devel at Lists. Org" <server-devel at lists.laptop.org>
> Sent: 26 April, 2014 3:53 AM
> Subject: Re: [Server-devel] [XSCE] XSCE usage analysis: Malaysia Deployment
> Below is what we found on the XSCE on followup 7 weeks later in the wild.
> Hope that will help in future installations...
> --
> Dear T. K.,
> Here's a detailed explanation of what happened that day.
> We found that the /library/cache/swap.state is sized 47G, which occupies the whole partition of /.  I know by default during the installation the fedora will part the whole harddisk into two parts, for root (/) 50G, and for /home the remaining.  However, in XSCE's setting, the main content is put into /library which belongs to / partition.
> The reason why swap.state is so large is unknow. However, we removed the file and restart the squid service, it becomes normal now.
> To prevent future event from happening, we also _bind_ mount the /library/cache to home directory.
> Best regards,
> Weida
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Tim Moody [mailto:tim at timmoody.com]
>> Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2014 01:10 PM
>> To: xsce-devel at googlegroups.com, tkkang at nurturingasia.com,
>> Server-Devel at Lists. Org
>> Subject: RE: [Server-devel] [XSCE] XSCE usage analysis: Malaysia Deployment
>> what do things like df and mount show
>>> Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:41:32 +0545
>>> From: martin at gnu.org
>>> To: tkkang at nurturingasia.com; xsce-devel at googlegroups.com; server-devel at lists.laptop.org
>>> Subject: Re: [Server-devel] [XSCE] XSCE usage analysis: Malaysia Deployment
>>> On 23.4.2014 16:49, tkkang at nurturingasia.com wrote:
>>>> Thanks for the instructions. Let see if we could get that going.
>>> Let me know if you run into any issues with the installation, T.K..
>>>> Because of the default Fedora 18 partition limited space was reserved for the /library in our XSCE. This lead to error :-)and also ejabberd crash.
>>> How much space is available? Can the partition be enlarged?
>>> Cheers,
>>> Martin
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