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

Tim Moody tim at timmoody.com
Thu Jun 26 14:24:57 EDT 2014

One thing I didn’t think of on the call is that we should get the xovis playbook fixed for this deployment as well.


From: Adam Holt 
Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2014 11:25 AM
To: server-devel ; xsce-devel ; Unleash Kids! ; Community Support Volunteers -- who help respond to help ATlaptop.org 
Subject: Re: [support-gang] Haiti School Server Call - Thur 10AM NYC Time

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:

  a.. 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

  b.. 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): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1o6QtzLb6e58YKWqMf_junux2XyBRLFm31un8YLcYslg

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:


    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? ;)

    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


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