In September, I was asked by OLPC and the Fedora Project if my company, On-Disk.com, would like to help make an SD card available with a Fedora-XO build for sale along side Give One Get One at Amazon.com. How could I resist? We've always been fans of OLPC and their mission and have been working with the Fedora Project for a number of years. Sounded like a spectacular use of our time.
Now if you think about the reasons someone might want an alternative to the Sugar environment, we could think about what makes something intuitive. If you've never used a traditional computer (Linux, Mac, Microsoft) the chronological nature of the Sugar journal is easy to understand.
However adults who have never used the Journal and expect to find files listed alphabetically and neatly tucked into folder style directories may find the environment a bit frustrating.
Collaboration on the Fedora-XO build started before we were contacted, so I can't give you hard facts about why Fedora was chosen. However, if I had to venture a guess, it's because Fedora has been involved with XO since the beginning. In fact, the Fedora Linux operating system is used to build the XO's operating system.
Ways to get Fedora 10 for the OLPC:
- Preloaded SD Card via Amazon.com
- Preloaded SD Card direct from On-Disk
- Download the Image from Fedora Mirrors
Just keep in mind that while Fedora and OLPC have been working closely on this project, the Fedora 10 SD card is not an OLPC product. It is considered "XO ready" and On-Disk.com will be the first company to use the newly licensed XO ready logo.
Because neither Fedora or OLPC opted to used the SD cards as a fundraiser, the price you'll see for prepared cards is based on cost recovery. In fact, the only organization profiting from the sale of the cards is Amazon.com since they're taking commission on sales made through their website.
The XO build of Fedora 10 will be supported by both On-Disk and Fedora:
- Fedora Project Wiki
- Fedora Forum support and question thread
- On-Disk installtion How To
- OLPC News Fedora 10 for XO Forum
Karlie Robinson is the owner of Webpath Technologies in Rochester NY and is the lead Architect for On-Disk.com Developers Portal and Fedora Sponsored Media Project