[Server-devel] Internet-in-a-Box 6.5 Released!

Adam Holt holt at laptop.org
Fri May 25 01:47:16 EDT 2018

FYI an emergency hotfix was added to IIAB 6.5 (and to our master branch) in
the last hour, thereby upgrading kiwix-tools from 0.5.0 to 2018-05-24, to
remediate Full-Text Searching within ZIM files that contain an internal

If you'd already installed IIAB 6.5, it is strongly suggested that you
apply the patch (PR #818 <https://github.com/iiab/iiab/pull/818>) as

   cd /opt/iiab/iiab
   git pull
   mv /opt/iiab/kiwix/kiwix-serve /tmp
   ./runrole kiwix     ...or "./iiab-install --reinstall"

Thanks All!

On Thu, May 24, 2018 at 4:10 PM, Adam Holt <holt at laptop.org> wrote:

> Internet-in-a-Box is a tiny device that brings the best of the Internet to
> offline communities around the world — Wikipedia, Khan Academy,
> OpenStreetMap, YouTube science videos, thousands of eBooks, etc — no
> Internet required!  No longer just a school server, Internet-in-a-Box is
> now used in medical clinics in some of the most remote parts of the earth.
> Profound thanks to the huge number of contributors who've made
> Internet-in-a-Box 6.5 our best yet.  It's a real breakthrough release
> already being used in schools around the world — broadly in Mexico, Peru,
> Haiti, among others — and in growing number of healthcare contexts,
> especially in India.
> This release brings many new library fabrication tools to DIY curators
> (DIY librarians) who have only the most basic familiarity with GNU/Linux:
>    IIAB 6.5 Release Notes
>    https://github.com/iiab/iiab/wiki/IIAB-6.5-Release-Notes
> Anyone who wants to build their own digital library can now try our 1-line
> installers for Raspberry Pi 3 (and 3 B+), Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Debian 9
> here: (CentOS 7.5 support is highly experimental, if you can help!)
>    IIAB 6.5 Download/Install
>    http://download.iiab.io/6.5
> Then you can install civilization's highest-quality open content, using
> easily-downloadable Content Packs, before you install Internet-in-a-Box in
> a more fully offline environment.  Choose from Kiwix (ZIM files)
> <http://wiki.kiwix.org/wiki/Content_in_all_languages>, OER2GO/RACHEL
> <http://oer2go.org/>, Project Gutenberg <http://www.gutenberg.org/>,
> WikiHow <https://www.wikihow.com/> for teens, or choose a Cuban
> Encyclopedia <https://www.ecured.cu/> if you prefer!  All this is made
> easy using Internet-in-a-Box's *Admin Console* (typically http://box/admin)
> whose more advanced capabilities are documented herein:
>    http://FAQ.IIAB.IO
> It was a long road over 8 months of software development, field testing
> and even more intensive QA!  But Internet-in-a-Box (IIAB) 6.5 brings many
> revolutionary advances, e.g. teachers can now edit ebooks' details in Calibre
> 3.23 <https://calibre-ebook.com/whats-new>, fixing description
> translations and assigning ratings most suitable to their own school.
> *Profound thanks to all building out the world's 21st Century Developing
> World Libraries AKA Sneakernet-of-Alexandria, as we take the next steps now
> together...*
> *Time to Enlighten Democracy?*
> Civilization’s greatest medical and education sites are next, for 8
> billion hungry minds.  We invite humanitarian hackers, NGOs and publishers
> to our OFF.NETWORK hackathons — transforming mind-opening websites — into
> amazing offline learning packs.
> Also let's finalize our new vector-based approach to OpenStreetMap
> <https://github.com/iiab/iiab-factory/pull/32> in offline libraries,
> bringing a highly-compressed map of the entire world into almost everyone
> hands.  (None of which possible just a decade ago, when we began as One
> Laptop Per Child’s school server!)
> *Time to Democratize the Enlightenment?*
> Local educators then use these learning packs to build up their region’s
> redistributable Internet-in-a-Box — unleashing grassroots “fieldback” for
> their very own Libraries of Alexandria — of the people, by the people, for
> the people…
> Let's bring together as many of these grassroots/offline innovators as
> possible later in 2018, as we did in August 2017 with financial support
> from the Wikipedia Foundation and Learning Equality (KA Lite, Kolibri).
> Please get in touch ASAP those who can make it to this important UX summit
> and content hackathon, likely to take place in the US or Canada, around
> October or November!
> *Time to Make it Real, Unleashing Your Own Community Today?*
> Some of us will be working with schools in Chiapas, Mexico next week doing
> exactly that.  We hope you too build a Little Library of Alexandria,
> customizing it for the needs and challenges of your very own neighborhood.
> THANK YOU To All who believe in libraries for this entire planet, and are
> willing to stand up to make this happen.
> Do join our regular community calls restarting in June — supporting each
> other bringing educators' and technologists' best ideas together — most
> every week Mondays and Thursdays @ http://MINUTES.IIAB.IO
> --
> <http://MINUTES.IIAB.IO>
> <http://MINUTES.IIAB.IO>
> Unsung Heroes of OLPC, interviewed live @ <http://MINUTES.IIAB.IO>
> http://unleashkids.org !
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