[Server-devel] [XSCE] xsce on centos/rpi3

Adam Holt holt at laptop.org
Tue Dec 13 04:20:11 EST 2016

On Tue, Dec 13, 2016 at 3:07 AM, Adam Holt <holt at laptop.org> wrote:

> On Mon, Dec 12, 2016 at 9:04 PM, Anish Mangal <anishmg at umich.edu> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Wondering if anyone has tried installing XSCE on centos on rpi3, and
>> faced issues. Planning to try this out now that I have rpi3's
> Not yet.  Most of us are using Raspbian (see Nov 30's
> https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/a-security-update-for-raspbian-pixel/)

Just FYI a new development is that a growing number of kickass deployments
are asking me for the full Raspian ("Pixel" takes up 3GB more disk "Lite"
version, likewise its zip/download is 1.1GB larger) as it provides an
increasingly well-rounded learning suite for remote teachers/techs/kids to
learn Linux & much more:


Aside: currently lacking Sugar regrettably, and not quite as well packaged
for educators as those other Brits @ https://twitter.com/teamkano.
Naturally there are other deployments that do not want these 3GB of
learning/IT tools, as things boot faster without, and traditionalists do
not want visual tools (X Windows).

In essence it took half a decade, but the $35 computer is now unleashing a
lot of field innovation across these 2 categories primarily:
1) "one RPi3 per child" deployments who require modern visual tools on each
RPi3 (and can afford a cheap LCD per child/seat)
2) "one RPi3 server per classroom" deployments (who may or may not be able
to afford an LCD or projector for the teacher)

Of course there are many of both types of learning communities above and
others, who do not always see eye to eye (imagine that, another culture
war, what a surprise ;)  So our Mission is to encourage maximum
cross-fertilization across these most practical scenarios--wherever we can,
despite not-invented-here bubbles of innovation--embracing creative
cross-collaboration / proven best practices as a larger force than
infantile infighting, across an entire planet of fantastically passionate
grassroots implementers~

In many cases Sugarizer-on-XSCE/IIAB can provide a partial answer.  But
Tony Anderson is correct to remind us Sugarizer does not yet provide nearly
as rich an experience as full Sugar.  Meantime all educators cry out for
platform stability that constructionism ironically relies on, so
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Release_notes/13.2.8 on XO laptops is a big step
forward with Sugar 0.110, thanks to James Cameron!

or FedBerry (http://fedberry.org) as HW/networking support (Bluetooth,
> WiFi, etc) is far better.
> In future CentOS may catch up; these 3 people are certainly trying:
> https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos/2016-December/162276.html
>> Best,
>> Anish
> --
> Unsung Heroes of OLPC, interviewed live @ http://unleashkids.org !

Unsung Heroes of OLPC, interviewed live @ http://unleashkids.org !
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