[Server-devel] [UKids] XSCE 6.0 Released

Adam Holt holt at laptop.org
Sun Mar 27 13:52:19 EDT 2016

On Sun, Mar 27, 2016 at 1:47 PM, Adam Holt <holt at laptop.org> wrote:

> *Thank you Tim & All -*
> Those who want a visual shortcut to prefab 'short-cuts' installable
> images, please bookmark the top-right of http://schoolsever.org

Correction http://schoolserver.org :-)

> which we will try to keep updated as new images are contributed by
> different members of this amazingly dynamic community!  For those itching
> to get the latest hardware, here's just a running snapshot of recent
> successes to benefit all, from across the Internet-in-a-Box a.k.a. school
> server community as Spring 2016 begins!
>    - Strongly consider XO-1.5 or XO-4, those who want a hassle-free
>    rugged+integrated chassis for the developing world, but more about that
>    later :-)
>    - Larger educational institutions should strongly consider Intel NUC
>    hardware.  Even if the 6th generation i3 NUC (an excellent piece of
>    hardware, known as the 6i3 NUC, released near the end of 2015, is a steal
>    at $249.00 @ http://frys.com/product/8732571) be warned that it hasn't
>    fully stabilized, so you might want to delay your purchase a few
>    weeks/months according to http://NUCblog.net
>    - Raspberry Pi 3 images are currently equivalent to Raspberry Pi 2,
>    but will be evolving fast as 64-bit Fedora and possibly CentOS-on-ARM arise
>    in coming months.  Exciting Stuff...we're very hopeful for
>    http://Pine64.com as well!
> *Huge Thanks who can point out errors/omissions/suggestions for our FAQ
> living document, or edit it directly, giving back to everyone:
> http://schoolserver.org/faq <http://schoolserver.org/faq>*
> From: Tim Moody <tim at timmoody.com>
> Date: Sun, Mar 27, 2016 at 11:36 AM
> Subject: [UKids] XSCE 6.0 Released
> To: "Community Support Volunteers -- who help respond to help AT
> laptop.org" <support-gang at lists.laptop.org>, server-devel <
> server-devel at lists.laptop.org>, Unleash Kids! <
> unleashkids at googlegroups.com>, xsce-devel <xsce-devel at googlegroups.com>
> Years in the making!!  A cast of thousands!!
> The School Server Community Edition (XSCE) version 6.0 is hereby
> officially released.  Thanks to the many contributors, developers, and
> testers.
> In addition to releasing the School Server software, we have provided
> 'short-cut' images for several platforms with more on the way.
> Please read the following Release Notes and then proceed to
> https://github.com/XSCE/xsce/wiki/XSCE-Installation.
> Release Notes for XSCE 6.0What is it?
> XSCE is the digital backbone for your education revolution. Put simply,
> School Server is an open-education project inspired by One Laptop Per Child
> to provide breakthrough digital learning tools to the world’s poorest
> children.
> A Rose by any other Name
> Internally and in the source code we refer to this software as XSCE, the
> Community Edition of the XS server originally from OLPC. Students and
> teachers often know it as Internet in a Box, a collection of educational
> materials and applications found on the internet, but available on the
> server even without an internet connection. We also refer to it as a School
> Server since it is aimed at schools and other places where people learn and
> performs the function of a server.
> What's new in XSCE Release 6.0?
> This release extends the tools available to educators in three ways:
>    - It makes available free and open source content that is available in
>    many languages
>    - It provides new avenues for students to create, and share their work
>    - It contains number of advances to permit easy configuration,
>    tailoring of content, and monitoring of student work.
> Newly Available Open Source Educational Content
>    - KA Lite brings the online features of *Khan Academy* to the *offline*
>     School Server based classroom. There are videos, exercises, tests,
>    and student tracking in a number of languages, all selectable via a
>    Graphical User Interface.https://learningequality.org/ka-lite/
>    - Searchable *offline* access to *Wikipedia* and other content such as
>    Wiktionaries and TED Talks in a variety of subjects and many languages,
>    provided by the *Kiwix server* technology.
>    http://www.kiwix.org/wiki/Main_Page
>    - RACHEL (a curated selection of offline materials)
>    http://worldpossible.org/rachel/
>    - Bring your *own content* by inserting a *USB thumbdrive* with
>    content into the server having it immediately viewable by students.
> Encourage Students to Write, Foster the Creative Process
>    - Elgg provides the tools for generating social networks
>    http://learn.elgg.org/en/2.0/intro/features.html
>    - ownCloud provides client based tools for storing and retrieving
>    materials stored on the XSCE local cloud.
>    - DokuWiki (EXPERIMENTAL) provides a means for students to publish
>    their work. https://www.dokuwiki.org/features
>    - Wordpress (EXPERIMENTAL -- enable in "local_vars") gives students
>    experience editing/sharing using a tool that is becoming an industry
>    standard.
> New Tools for Administering the XSCE School Server
>    - A new Graphical User Interface (Admin Console) to enable services,
>    select and download content, get information
>    - AWstats is a flexible tool for summarizing the web traffic on and
>    through the server in graphical and detailed ways.
>    http://www.awstats.org/
> How do I get it?
> There are three main methods of installing this software:
>    - Use ansible and the git repository - this is the fall back when you
>    need to customize or you have a platform for which we have not created an
>    image.
>    - Use an image you download - for some commonly used platforms we
>    create image files that you can download, put on a usb stick or sd card and
>    boot in your new hardware.
>    - Create and use your own image - this will appeal to you if you want
>    an image to use in multiple machines and are able to use the tools we
>    provide to create it.
> In each case you need hardware that has been assembled, but with nothing
> installed on it.
> Detailed instructions on each of these methods is at
> https://github.com/XSCE/xsce/wiki/XSCE-Installation.
> --
> Unsung Heroes of OLPC, interviewed live @ http://unleashkids.org !
> --
> Unsung Heroes of OLPC, interviewed live @ http://unleashkids.org !
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