Fw: [Community-news] From Uruguay
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From: "Maria Jose Apezteguia" <mjapezteguia@...>
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> Hi, as part of my work at the Centro Universitario de Paysandú, I am
> coordinating a project where college students conduct a broad range of
> activities with childs and teenagers
> in an extremely poor neighbourhood called La Chapita, in the city of
> Paysandú, Uruguay.
> Ceibal´s impact in the community was huge! I send this photograph what I
> took last saturday as an example of that.
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> From: "Jim Gettys" <jg@...>
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> Sent: Monday, August 18, 2008 4:41 PM
> Subject: [Community-news] OLPC News (2008-08-18)
> Community News
> A weekly update of One Laptop per Child, August 17, 2008
> It was a proud moment for OLPC as tiny Uruguay rolled out its 100,000th
> computer - almost all of which are Internet enabled. The scene was the
> Villa García Elementary School near Montevideo. With more than a
> thousand pupils, it is one of the country’s largest primary schools.
> Chuck Kane, Claudia Urrea and Antonio Battro all looked on as President
> Tabaré Vázquez presented the 100,000thXO to a six-year-old student.
> Miguel Blechner of CEIBAL spoke briefly, too. The news media were
> everywhere. Many of the children captured the moment by turning their
> XOs around to take their own still pictures or video.
> In the afternoon, Claudia and Antonio accompanied Mónica Baez and
> Graciela Rabajoli of CEIBAL on a visit to a school near Colonia. Over
> the next few days, CEIBAL presented several anti-smoking school
> initiatives, showing the work done by students and teachers with their
> laptops in their communities. The children discussed their work in a
> workshop. David Cavallo arrived from a long trip to Asia and Africa to
> participate in these meetings.
> OLPC looks forward to the next wave of rollouts in Uruguay, which
> continues as a great example of a successful deployment. Sincere
> congratulations to the people of Uruguay from everyone at OLPC.
> CEIBAL maintains an excellent Spanish-language website
> at:http://www.ladiaria.com.uy/files/ladiaria_20080814web.pdf. Also Carla
> Gómez Monroy has documented the Uruguay deployment
> Haiti: The team was busy with teacher reports, the operations manual and
> Kreyol translation. They also worked on their practical guide for
> trainers and on some hand-outs for trainees, as well as designs for a
> few pedagogical activities and projects with and around the XO, trying
> to integrate existing curriculum when it makes sense.
> All translations are complete, except eToys (65 percent) and Scratch (15
> percent), which require special care. Next step is a linguistic review.
> Mongolia: Teachers continue to create curriculum material online. Work
> continues to solidify local partnerships with both NGOs and governmental
> The XO was featured in Mongolian Computer Timesmagazine this month. The
> article was generally positive although the writer questioned how
> Mongolia could afford to support the initiative. Elana Langer was
> interviewed on Eagle TV, a popular TV station. The questions reflected a
> concern from the Mongolian people about the criteria and process by
> which the government will choose to distribute the laptops.
> Lastly, a Mongolian athlete has just won the country’s very first
> Olympic gold medal, in judo. There were street celebrations in UB. Many
> hope this sudden boost to national pride might galvanize the government
> into a functional organization.
> Rwanda: The team is refining their strategic plan, looking past the
> initial rollout of 5000 laptops to create both a vision and a plan for a
> national laptops project.
> Monday and Tuesday they participated in a series of meetings with
> Richard Niyonkuru, the project coordinator, and representatives of
> several other governmental agencies. During the rest of the week, a team
> formed by representatives of the main governmental agencies visited the
> three schools selected to receive the first 5000 machines in the
> provinces of Rwamagana, Gasabo and Kycukyro.
> The visit was received enthusiastically by the students and teachers.
> The team did a basic site survey to isolate the main initial challenges.
> One will be the size of the schools and classrooms. The average Rwandan
> school is large, with 1500 students, and so are classrooms, which range
> to 70 students or more.
> The Kagugu school in Gasabo province has 3105 students, and some classes
> with more than 100 children. Usually the classrooms have only one power
> outlet, which will make laptop charging a challenge. The sheer size of
> the schools and classes will also make for networking issues. Kagugu
> staff also raised interesting questions over how to define and implement
> the project policies, and ownership of the Xos.
> Birmingham: This week the team worked with the instructional technology
> staff member who will be in charge of this project everyday to try to
> prepare documents requested by the executive director of IT. This
> included a learning manual that is briefer than the online version, and
> will help with the Just In Time Learning sessions to begin before
> teachers get the laptops. The team also worked with headquarters staff
> from the music, PE and Special Ed departments to introduce the laptops.
> The music department LOVED Tam Tam.
> An XO eXpO is scheduled for August 23. There will be attendees from many
> stakeholders in the community, so it should be an exciting event.
> Software Development for 8.2 Release:
> 1. Many people have joined the daily effort to triage “must fix” bugs
> for 8.2. Formal testing has begun as well. If you are interested in
> helping, please go to http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Friends_in_testing
> 2. Chris Ball improved the failsafe "disk full" recovery script by
> adding an option to continue booting without attempting recovery. The
> script is now present in Joyride builds.
> 3. Simon Schampijer is polishing the latest Sugar release. He reviewed
> patches and fixed a bug to correctly set the time zone from the control
> panel, show an alert if software updates are available, as well as an
> alert when available space is below 50MB. The fix also encourages the
> user to remove journal entries to free up space.
> 4. Morgan Collett adopted the Read activity and started on its blocker
> and high priority bugs, reviewing existing patches. Morgan continued
> surveying activity authors on improving communication for them, asking
> which mailing lists they are subscribed to, when lastthey tested their
> activities and asking for suggestions. He will posta report as soon as
> he has a significant number of responses.
> 5. Daniel Drake continued fixing bugs in audio performance, Gstreamer
> and the Record activity, automated school server backup. He also
> addressed a networking issue with the activity updater.
> 6. Faisal Anwar further documented the best software development
> practices for Sugar, focusing this week on the presence service. Testing
> and documentation of the presence service requires multiple XO laptops.
> Information on how you can develop your own activities with this API are
> available athttp://wiki.laptop.org/go/Sugar_Almanac
> 7. Deepak Saxena continued to focus on the 8.2 release, trying to
> reproduce and root out bugs. Deepak also is looking into new build
> infrastructure for the kernel. Chris Ball and Deepak had a talk on OLPC
> Power Management accepted into the Linux Plumbers Conference.
> Software Development, Future Release:
> 8. Daniel and Bobby Powers started investigating the procedure needed to
> install regular Linux distributions on SD cards and the modifications
> necessary to boot them on the XO. Bobby has been working on all fronts
> of his activity Model. He didwork on reliability, error reporting,
> performance and UI.
> 9. Guillaume Desmottes rebased the XS ejabberd package on top of the F-9
> one in order to use ejabberd 2.0.1. That involved manual re-application
> of most of the shared roster patch as some pieces of it were merged
> upstream. Guillaume also improved his Gadget branches and fixed review
> comments from Daf.
> 10. Elliot Fairweather worked on the Cerebro activities API, filing bugs
> and writing patches to fix those problems blocking his progress. He also
> made further progress with telepathy-synapse's activity interfaces.
> Elliot believes he will complete this part of the task next week.
> 11. Sayamindu Dasgupta spent most of the week rearranging and
> reconfiguring Pootle according the conventions of the Sugar release
> process. This will make it easier for translators to follow the Sugar
> release schedule, and prioritize their work. He also landed a patch in
> olpc-utils which should fix all the keyboard layout related regressions
> from the 8.1 release. Sayamindu also started work in defining a keyboard
> for Dzongkha (ticket #7899). This week also saw the start of two new
> language projects in Pootle, one for Nauruan and the other for Bislama.
> 12. Seth Woodworth worked on various open wiki-issues. Google Analytics
> is now installed on the wiki, providing large amounts of very useful
> data (expect a report early next week). The wiki also now has support
> for TeX math. Semantic aggregation of activities for various pages is
> School Server:
> 13. Martin Langhoff held the 2nd school server meeting over IRC - with
> the Nepal pilot team as the main participants. They covered a lot around
> upcoming XS-0.4 and XS-0.5 releases, F9 rebase and how the Nepal team
> can work ahead and feed back into the main XS efforts. Thanks to all
> involved. Agenda, minutes, and IRC logs
> 14. Douglas Bagnall worked on password schemes for the XS, and testing
> DS-backup. Douglas and Martin are doing a lot of work to fix how we deal
> with configurations on the school server. The current configuration
> scheme breaks upgrades and blocks the path to a Fedora 9 rebase.
> Support and Testing:
> 15. Welcome Reuben Caron as our Country Support Engineer. This week,
> Reuben set up an RT Queue to allow country technical contacts and
> learning team members to report escalated technical issues that arise
> from the field. He will be helping out with some testing while learning
> the XO and XS as well as attending tech and learning team meetings to
> see where he can help out.
> 16. Joe Feinstein and Charlie Murphy have tested two Joyride builds –
> 2294 and 2301 - in the last week, and requested turning off automatic
> suspend and resume as it seemed to be causing some crash or WLAN crash
> problems. In build 2301 this is off so we should be able to isolate the
> problem more carefully.
> 17. Twenty-one XOs are now connected to a school server at 1CC, always
> difficult to do in a very noisy RF environment. We await word on when we
> will be able to rebuild the 100 laptop testbed in the low noise Cameron
> Ave facility. Joe, Michael Stone, and Kim Quirk are also working on
> ideas and plans for getting the community more involved with testing.
> 18. Mitch Bradley is investigating LBA-NAND as a possible technology for
> boosting XO's storage. LBA-NAND is a NAND FLASH device that is
> pin-compatible with our current raw NAND chip, but it comes in larger
> sizes and has an internal microcontroller that handles error correction,
> bad-block management and wear-leveling. LBA-NAND would let us use a
> conventional filesystem instead of a NAND-specific one. Mitch added
> LBA-NAND support to the Open Firmware CaFe NAND driver and tested it on
> an XO board that Quanta's Gary Chiang fitted with a 4GB LBA-NAND,
> verifying that it works with a conventional disk filesystem. He is
> starting work on a Linux LBA-NAND "block" driver to evaluate the overall
> system performance.
> The Watlington Report:
> 19. Perú has received the first shipment of the next purchase of 100,000
> laptops, and is preparing for the process of upgrading, distributing,
> and activating them. Erik Garrison, with the help of SJ Klein, Scott
> Ananian, and John Watlington, spent a few days rebuilding the library
> content bundle for Perú to include the new and improved user's guide and
> almost double the number of texts. This was integrated with the latest
> 8.1.1 build (711) to produce the final image. Erik will be improving the
> scripts and documentation of this process, as we expect countries to
> prepare these themselves.
> A new release, incorporating q2e13 or later firmware (needed as some of
> Perú's shipment will be C3 mother boards) will be made after q2e13 has
> passed QA testing. The activation server will require changes to
> minimize the effort required by OLPC to support each shipment, as we
> currently duplicate the inventory system maintained by Peru. Scott
> Ananian manually performed the database update required to activate this
> Erik Garrison will spend the next week in Perú to help with any further
> problems arising as they start the upgrading and activation. More
> importantly, he will teach developers from the education ministry how to
> create their own library bundles and to build images. Erik will also
> work with a local developer to improve the software used with optical
> scanning for inventory of the laptops and batteries. Changes are
> required to improve the success rate of the activation process.
> Embedded Controller:
> 21. Richard spent most of the week back porting what he felt were the
> most useful fixes from his master EC code branch into the release tree.
> A nasty bug in how the EC determines the motherboard version was found
> and fixed before causing problems in production (it only affects the
> upcoming C3 motherboards). Richard released firmware q2e13 containing
> those fixes. The proposed firmware for the 8.2.0 release is q2e13.
> 22. Paul Fox worked further on the SDCC port of the EC code. Some
> unexpected compiler bugs have been found which may explain some of the
> current issues.
> Progress on the New Touch pad:
> 23. Quanta has begun the tooling change to support the migration to a
> new, capacitive-only touch pad from the current resistive/capacitive
> one. This migration could happen as early as the end of October, but
> might be pushed out farther due to supply chain inertia. Quanta has sent
> in some preliminary documentation for the new touch pad (from Synaptics)
> and keyboard controller (EnE) for replacement of the ALPS device.
> Richard and John reviewed the documentation and requested further info.
> They specifically want to see information on what type of testing has
> been done in humid environments and with children's fingers. So far,
> Richard is quite pleased with the quality of the documentation from
> Synaptics. OLPC will be receiving samples in Cambridge shortly for
> testing and software integration.
> The new EnE keyboard matrix controller appears to handle many of the
> keyboard commands more directly, instead of relying on the EC. New EC
> firmware will be required to accompany the new touchpad/controller,
> although there is still some question as to the magnitude of the changes
> 24. AMD is building boards to test auxiliary circuitry allowing the
> Geode LX to support higher performance DDR2 SDRAM chips. We eagerly
> anticipate the results of their tests.
> 25. Reuben Caron is new at OLPC and has spent the week meeting with
> people, testing, and learning as much about the different aspects of the
> project as possible. Reuben has setup an RT Queue to allow country
> technical contacts and learning team members to report escalated
> technical issues that arise from the field.
> 25. Adam Holt:discussed extensive RT improvements beginning soon, with
> Adric and FSF's Josh Gay (RT14244 etc); approved bulk XO parts sales to
> finally ship out next week to http://xoexplosion.com and
> http://ilovemyxo.com (from Brightstar/Miami); trained several new
> volunteers, including Hironori Mitsuishi working towards establishing a
> new Miami repair center: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Sunshine_Repair;began
> extensive cleanup of the support FAQ and support gang pages, welcomed
> Rachel Kropa, who presented a fantastic talk on her 200-XO Mozambique
> pilot deployment:
> http://flickr.com/photos/12312003@N07/sets/72157606618160452/ recruited
> Daniel Drake to speak to our Support Gang 4PM SUN AUG 17, discussing
> 8.2.0 and Fedora/Ubuntu on XO.
> 26. Sean Hooly processed refunds, submitted RMAs for shipping and
> updated excel files accordingly; took new tickets, followed up to
> replies to existing ones; updated xls stats file and gathered statistics
> on donations, refunds, reships and replacements for last week with
> 27. Greg Smith read all major open bugs in the 8.2.0 pre-release image
> and triaged them to find the must fix list.
> 28. Walter Bender's Sugar Digest can be found at:
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