The Best XO Laptop Operating System Ever!

   
   
   
   
   

Presenting Fedora 11 for XO-1 build 140py, built by some OLPC people in Paraguay. All in all, this is truly awesome.

The build includes:

  • Working suspend/resume, all devices resume flawlessly
  • No regressions *relative to build 802!*
  • Camera works in Sugar, Record, etc.
  • GNOME desktop included, easy to switch to and from. Suspend/resume in Gnome works,  NetworkManager, etc.
  • Sugar 0.84, see the Sugarlabs wiki for more info
  • Wifi networks autoconnect almost instantly (including WPA networks!)
  • Boots faster!
  • Comes with some new firmware, though I see no differences.
  • Auto-suspend and resume is much faster, happening about every 20 seconds from what I see.
  • Supports GSM modems, allowing cellular internet connections. (Thanks, mavrothal, for the tipoff!)

Issues:

  • Mouse seems to be jumpier. Is it not auto-calibrating?
  • Automatic suspend/resume dims the backlight ABSOLUTELY. That is, it changes it to 80 percent of FULL before suspend, and full afterwards.

Tips and Warnings:

  • Security must be disabled! (Type "disable-security" in OpenFirmware).
  • Failure to boot the first time has been reported, though I did not experience it. Your mileage may vary.
  • Like all OS upgrades that use the "copy-nand" command, this will OVERWRITE YOUR EXISTING NAND CONTENTS WITH NO WARNING. This will only happen when you install the image.
  • The "fs.zip" is a deployment signature and will only work for official Paraguayan laptops. Use the os140py.crc file instead.

For more information & download link, see: Best XO OS Image Ever on the OLPC News Forum

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4 Comments

Let's bring this up-to-date :-)
There is an os180py build that is a bug-fix release of os140py and is not reported in the forum thread.
Find it here http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/olpc/2010-May/002442.html

Even more exciting Bernie Innocenti and Paraguay Educa are building Sugar 0.88 (the latest sugar version) for the XO-1 *and* XO-1.5. It is in alpha stage but is developing fats. See more here
http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Deployment_Team/Sugar-0.88

However, the really exciting part is the possibility that Sugar 0.88+ on the XO (-1, -1.5) will become an official SugarLabs project ( http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Oversight_Board/Minutes#Agenda_items ).
If accepted would be the first time since the OLPC-SL separation that SL has an official OLPC-related project.
Let's hope that is going to go though and the improved relationship between the two organizations will finally catch up with the Sugar user-base on the ground
:-)

So Sean DALY, the PR person for SL and SoaS, the _only_ official SL project, thinks that the above comment regarding F11-0.88 on the XO-1.* as an official SL project, is simply coming from a "Sugar hater" (!!!) and is totally unsubstantiated. Because in fact there is no perception of OLPC-SL friction and SL does as much for the vast majority of the Sugar users, the OLPC XO-1.* users, as for anybody else... ( http://lists.sugarlabs.org/archive/iaep/2010-July/011284.html )

Shooting the messenger and distorting reality is nothing new in PR/advertising/propaganda, but doing this towards your own Oversight Board, I think brings it to a new level...

Well done Sean, but no matter how much you try I do like Sugar and very much care for the vast majority of its users.
What's _your_ first priority?...

i just tried to update my xo-1 and now there's nothing on the screen but an x.i'd like to donate this to a kid who knows how to use it .thanks

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