[Server-devel] Internet-in-a-Box 6.4 RELEASED - formerly the OLPC/XSCE School Server

Adam Holt holt at laptop.org
Mon Oct 9 13:03:09 EDT 2017

*Building your own offline (or online) Library of Alexandria is now easier
than ever.  I'm pasting in our IIAB 6.4 Release Notes
<https://github.com/iiab/iiab/wiki/IIAB-6.4-Release-Notes> below for all
those who want to build their own, even if it hardly does justice to the
many dozens of people who made this happen in medical clinics and schools
around the world ~ as such I've only included our 16 core contributors for
now,to give them special recognition ~ Still, Thank You ALL!*

Internet-in-a-Box (IIAB) 6.4 (Wiki <http://wiki.iiab.io/6.4>, GitHub
<https://github.com/iiab/iiab/milestone/1?closed=1>) was released on
October 5th 2017.

   - Search across all your offline (ZIM) content files with an entirely
   new Kiwix <http://www.kiwix.org/> engine under the hood, *watch out
   Google here we come :-)*
   - 1-line installers for different server app suites — pick small, medium
   or large immediately at the moment you start downloading
   <http://download.iiab.io/6.4/rpi/README.html>. Would you like your IIAB
   with... ~6 <http://wiki.laptop.org/go/IIAB/local_vars_min.yml>, ~12
   <http://wiki.laptop.org/go/IIAB/local_vars.yml> or ~20
   <http://wiki.laptop.org/go/IIAB/local_vars_big.yml> servers apps? After
   you pick your favorite 1-line installer, Internet-in-a-Box will fully
   install itself!
   - Support for Raspbian Stretch
   <https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/raspbian-stretch/> and Debian 9.2
   <https://www.debian.org/News/2017/20171007> anchoring a solid LTS
   (long-term support) foundation for years to come, in addition to support
   for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS <http://releases.ubuntu.com/16.04/> and the new CentOS
   7.4 <https://wiki.centos.org/Manuals/ReleaseNotes/CentOS7.1708>, which
   shares the same code base as Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4.
   - A major house cleaning deprecating unmaintained server apps, so IIAB
   installs faster and is more understandable, introducing a tighter
   <https://github.com/iiab/iiab/blob/master/vars/default_vars.yml> for
   system-wide defaults.
   - A brand new Contributors Guide
   <https://github.com/iiab/iiab/wiki/IIAB-Contributors-Guide> for software
   developers especially, and our new Jenkins and Travis CI test automation
   systems thanks to Arky <https://github.com/arky> and George Hunt
   <https://github.com/georgejhunt/>, that you'll be hearing a lot more
   about soon!


   - KA Lite
   (LMS for Khan Academy videos & exercises) is upgraded to 0.17.3
   <https://github.com/learningequality/ka-lite/releases> including easy
   subtitles very popular in developing countries.
   - WordPress is upgraded to 4.8.2+
   and now auto-upgrades when your Internet-in-a-Box is online!
   - Nextcloud is upgraded to 12.0.3 <https://nextcloud.com/changelog/>.
   - Sugarizer is upgraded to 0.9
   - Offline Social Network Elgg <http://learn.elgg.org/en/2.3/> is
   upgraded to 2.3.4 <https://github.com/Elgg/Elgg/blob/2.3.4/CHANGELOG.md>.
   - Internet-in-a-Box's own Admin Console (http://box/admin) has been made
   more resilient.
   - Ansible <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ansible_(software)> 2.4.x
   (pre-built PPA or rpm) helps future-proof Internet-in-a-Box configuration
   - Extraneous red warnings during bootup and 1st run of Ansible
   are...gone at last!
   - Important Known Issues in IIAB 6.3
   now fixed!

do I try it?

TL;DR! Try our 1-line installer for Raspberry Pi 3:

 curl download.iiab.io/6.4/rpi/load.txt | sudo bash

Be sure your Raspberry Pi 3 is running a recent Raspbian Stretch
<https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspbian/> OS, has a microSD card
large enough for content, and is connected to the Internet with an actual
Ethernet cable. Installation usually completes within two hours, if your
Internet speed is very fast. See download.iiab.io/6.4/rpi
<http://download.iiab.io/6.4/rpi/README.html> for other/faster options!

Finally to install onto Ubuntu, Debian or CentOS, use our Do Everything
from Scratch
install instructions — which quickly get you to the most important
part — *where
you can add content!
Who Busted Their Ass

Thank you e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e for building your own DIY Library of Alexandria.
To serve One & All.

*Not just in your own community — but by keeping in touch with our global
volunteer community network (http://OFF.NETWORK <http://OFF.NETWORK>) each
of you are providing the lifeblood "fieldback" — that keeps us motivated
enabling Internet-in-a-Box's quality content collaborations
<http://boxing.team> across ALL communities!*

IIAB Development Team: George Hunt <https://github.com/georgejhunt/>, Tim
Moody <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHdMC8lhpjM&t=2036s>, Jerry Vonau
<https://github.com/jvonau>, Josh Dennis <http://100schools.org/>, Reno
McKenzie <http://renomckenzie.com/>, Arky <https://github.com/arky>, Anish
Mangal <https://bhagmalpur.wordpress.com/author/anishmangal2002/>, Joshua
Kanani <https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshua-kanani-32536a12a>, German Ruiz
<https://twitter.com/germanrs>, César Natarén
<https://www.linkedin.com/in/nataren>, Curt Thompson
<https://www.linkedin.com/in/curt-thompson-1935a165>, Blondel Mondésir
<https://github.com/deldesir>, Rick Castorani
<https://www.seedsforprogress.org/>, Samuel Zidovetzki
<http://www.mountsinai.org/profiles/samuel-zidovetzki>, María González
Adam Holt

Join our Monday/Thursday calls if you want to meet any of the people above:

Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ.IIAB.IO
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