What's the buzz on deploying OLPC school servers with XO laptop distributions? School servers are a vital link in the successful implementation of XO in the worlds developing countries. You can go to OLPC Wiki page of XO Deployments - and see the thousands of XO's sent. With G1G1 2008 now past hopefully thousands more will be getting ready to find new homes. Will they be hobbled by the lack of school server support?
I am Chuck Bryerton and I know that XO to XO mesh is a wonderful feature to have. Yet to unlock the full potential of the net these deployed XO's will need school servers. By OLPC Wiki page on Deployment Support it takes 1 school server per every 300 XO's.
I know it may be old data but just by looking at the already deployed countries listed with no school servers:
- OLPC Haiti: 13,000 XO's
- OLPC Afghanistan : 11,000 XO's
- OLPC Ethiopia: 5,000 XO's
- OLPC Guatemala: 3,000 XO's
- 32,000 XO's = 107 school servers needed!
All we have is this, admittedly great, video from OLPC Oceania, where David Leeming shows how open educational resources form SchoolNet can be used with a school server:
I would like to know how G1G1 donor can help with school servers to ensure my donated XO lives up to its full potential where ever in the world it may be.
What is needed in these areas that a G1G1 donor may help with?