XO-1.5 to Boot with Sugar + Fedora 11 GNOME


Fedora 11 on an XO-1

Here is good news for adult XO laptop users. The next generation XO-1.5 laptop will boot with both Sugar and GNOME user interfaces, running off a Fedora 11 base, according to Chris Ball:

Some good news from OLPC: we've decided to base the new XO-1.5 laptop's software release on Fedora 11. Unlike previous releases, we plan to use a full Fedora desktop build, booting into Sugar but giving users the option to switch into a standard GNOME install instead. (This will mostly be useful for older kids in high school.)

Chris also says the new XO-1.5 has 1GB of RAM and 4GB of solid-state storage to hold both environments, and this will the first time GNOME will be included. I'm just excited that the work of Sugar Labs on Sugar 0.84 is going to be incorporated into the XO-1.5.

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Wow, with 1GB RAM and 4GB SSD, It would be great if they did G1G1 again!


It would be great if you could purchase an upgrade board for a XO 1.0 at about $50 - $100 US.

hey you can install this if you go to this site:


and install fedora right now. its about 405 mb. you also have a .crc file which you have to save via "save target as" otherwise a webpage with a whole bunch of "gibberish" will come up

here are the directions for installing it (thanks to Kurt H Maier)


(note: developers key needs to be installed)

Save them to your usb drive. Turn your XO-1 off. Plug the usb key
into your XO-1 and turn it on.

As soon as you see activity on the screen hit the Escape key (upper
left corner, with an X on it). The XO-1 will say "ok" and then you
copy-nand u:\20090514.img
and press enter.

The XO will write the new image to your drive. You'll see a bunch of
blocks changing color as it does this. The .crc file is filled with
checksums so the XO-1 can verify the data isn't corrupt. That's why
it looks like a bunch of gibberish.

Once it's done writing it'll say "ok" again. You can then turn your
machine off, remove the USB drive, and turn it back on. That should
do it!

Finally, a sensible decision from OLPC. Finally.

Now, they only need to make the XO widely available (forget time-limited G1G1s) and the project may even take off.