Back on New Year's Eve, I was talking with Bryan Berry of OLE Nepal about different operating systems on the XO for governments who wanted options in addition to Sugar.
In the middle of a rant against XP on the XO, I wondered if we could have a FOSS alternative instead of XP. So I issued a challenge to the OLPC News Forum:
Over sixty replies later, and thanks to the extensive work of Moocapiean and Free Like GNU, we now have step-by-step tutorials for two different ways to get Ubuntu on the XO:
- Installing Ubuntu on the XO using a disk image, based on the official Ubuntu install instructions.
- Installing Ubuntu using a compressed files approach that Moocapiean developed over the last week.
- A USB or SD drive that's at least 600 MB
- The developer key for your XO
- A computer running Linux
Give me a free and open environment and I will learn and teach with joy.And joy is what I feel with this amazing example of how the OLPC News Forum advances the XO laptop, One Laptop Per Child, and Open Source software one loving hack at a time.
Update - And now we have a video of the Ubuntu boot, thanks to digitaleswerken:.