OLPC Learning Club DC March Meeting


Our March meeting is upon us this Saturday at the Arlington Career Center, but at 1pm instead.

Sugar 0.84 Wants Your Netbook!
What: Family XO Mesh Meetup
When: Saturday, March 21st, 2009, 1 pm to 4 pm
*** Note time change ***

816 South Walter Reed Drive, Arlington, VA 22204
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Sugar 0.84 Experimentation

At the meeting, we'll review this month's OLPC/Sugar Labs headline news starting with the relaunch of the Sugar Labs web site to coincide with a new release of the Sugar user interface, now dubbed Sucrose 0.84.

Not only is this new version ready to install on the OLPC XO-1, it can be tried out as "Sugar on a Stick" (SoaS) on USB flash drive (as demonstrated last month and pictured above) as well as a "live" CD-ROM. We'll review the new features and help those who want to have it installed on their XO or want a USB drive configured. You must request a developer's key from OLPC to install this update, and a 2GB USB drive is recommended for the SoaS.

Sugar on Netbooks

As you may have seen at the last meeting, Sugar runs on many netbooks now as well as desktop PCs and Macs using Virtual Box. And I bought a replacement for the $149 Alpha 400 netbook that was smashed by some kids slamming into me on the subway. I'll bring it to the meeting.

OLPC Headquarters Visit

I visited OLPC Headquarters at the beginning of the month and I'll report on what's new there including a new Contributor's Program. Work is beginning on the XO 1.5 with updated hardware specs and a release date of late 2009/early 2010. We may also have a special guest from Boston.

Coding EToys with Rocket Scientists

Randall Caton, Professor Emeritus of Physics and Computer Science at Christopher Newport University in the Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering, will speak about his work at NASA developing Etoys lessons and his hopes for the future of learning. At the January meeting, some of us participated in a Jam session to review and collect feedback on his existing Etoys activities. We'll be presenting our preliminary findings to Randall.

Join the OLPC Learning Club DC

If you aren't already subscribed, our monthly email update is the best way to find out about meetings. April's meeting should be back at Gallaudet, and our confirmed guest speaker will be our very own Kim Toufectis, who will speak on using the OLPC XO to access web-based productivity tools - or what techies call "cloud computing." Kim published some of his initial thoughts and discoveries in a post on OLPC News last month.

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Mike, what is the XO 1.5?

The XO 1.5 is an incremental hardware update to the current XO-1 laptop. The update will likely add more memory and processing speed, though the exact specs haven't been decided yet. Another objective is to further simplify the laptop's engineering to reduce manufacturing costs. That's about all we know.


When does XO 1.5 actually make its appearance?

Some OLPC staff have said prototypes might be available as summer for developers. But when has the OLPC schedule been on time?


I followed your link but only found 767 ready to install on the xo proper.

I've been running 801 for a few weeks and am not clear how that relates to Sucrose 8.4, but if it's different I would try it out on my xo...as soon as I can do so directly, without involving a Windows machine!


@ Kim
without windows, Fedora 10, Ubuntu etc and using only the XO and a couple of sticks, this is your only option http://dev.laptop.org/~cjb/rawhide-xo/
Is not the original SoaS but pretty close

Looks like you need to have the developer's key installed, and then follow option #1 here:


It looks like the process involves pulling down some files onto a Linux machine (which could be an XO since Fedora 10 is listed) and using a utility convert a .iso file to a .img file and copy that along with a .crc to a USB key.

It would be nice to have the .img and .crc files already made up ready to copy onto a USB drive. Maybe someone can help us do that at the meeting.


Oops, never mind the previous. One developer has found that it isn't currently possible to make an installer USB from an XO: