[Server-devel] Haiti School Server Call - Thur 10AM NYC Time

Adam Holt holt at laptop.org
Thu Jun 26 11:25:00 EDT 2014

Thanks all for a very rapid-paced meeting this morning, with a lot of
decisions moving us forward for Haiti especially, to support Ghana and many
other "Peace Corps" deployments later.  Two decisions that stand out during
this call, in brief, if I understood them:

   - to create XSCE 5.1 on F20 for NUC for Haiti, incorporating the many
   fixes.tweaks of the past 5 months, with 5.1.1 (or such) for many more
   platforms (XO's, MSI, Cubox, Raspberry Pi, etc) arriving later this summer,
   with better Pathagar/Moodle support at that time
   - to retain completely open Internet as the XSCE default out-of-the-box,
   with simple instructions for Haitian schools that (all) ask us for a
   white-list to protect their youngest kids from exploitive commercialism,
   while permitting the handful of focused educational sites they require such
   as http://bing.com/translator

Comments/suggestions should be added to the minutes here of item (g):

Thanks All and see you in a week Thursday July 3rd as all this hardware
implementation comes together!

On Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 10:42 PM, Adam Holt <holt at laptop.org> wrote:

> On Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 10:20 PM, Adam Holt <holt at laptop.org> wrote:
>> This week our call will focus on some urgent implementation choices
>> prep'ing new school server integration shipping off in Haiti starting
>> Monday June 30th, with several follow-on deployments in
>> July/August/Septembet very likely using near-identical clones of this XSCE
>> "5.1" on Fedora 20 on the Intel i3 NUC.  And increasingly standardized 3G
>> routers and WiFi access points?
>> So this will be a very focused engineering/implementation call, as we
>> make a few critical+final deployment/networking choices, affecting some
>> Very Promising schools around Haiti and likely beyond.  Do jump right in
>> annotating our agenda/minutes here:
>> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1o6QtzLb6e58YKWqMf_junux2XyBRLFm31un8YLcYslg
>> Thanks greatly for your help if you can join, even just finding
>> alternative sourcing of older AP's like low-end-but-battle-tested TP-LINK
>> WR841ND and fancier 3G routers like the
> Netgear MBR1210
>> and the midrange ZTE MF25, all being very strongly considered this year
>> in Haiti.  For a straight AP. we much prefer Village Telco's
>> http://store.villagetelco.com/mesh-potatoes/mesh-potato-2-basic.html)
>> Yet on a practical level, Haiti deployments have found Amazon/eBay-style
>> express logistics and steady inventory of identical, superaffordable
>> replaceable COTS parts/stock to be more important to Haitian
>> schools/churches/orphanages networking to support each other.  Rather than
>> engineering perfection in each school, a "Model T"
>> mass-produced/mass-inventoried/mass-tested solution fits the skillsharing
>> bill.  Making the Economist's parody cover last week ring all too true
>> -- will Amazon be serving-us-fries-with-that on Mars? ;)
>> http://cdn.static-economist.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/print-cover-full/print-covers/20140621_cna400.jpg
>> *In any case, Thanks for Your Help if you can contribute getting this
>> investment right -- if so do send your Skype username in advance, and/or
>> say hi 10AM Thur NYC Time, with our irc backchannel #schoolserver at
>> http://webchat.freenode.net <http://webchat.freenode.net>*
>> --
>> Unsung Heroes of OLPC, interviewed live @ http://unleashkids.org !
>> --
>> Unsung Heroes of OLPC, interviewed live @ http://unleashkids.org !
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