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Interview with me about the OLPC Pilot in Israel September 1, 2009

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Crictor, the “technology news, for technology people” initiative I actually help found, interviewed me about the OLPC pilot in Israel, during the Israeli FOSS convention called August Penguin. Also, in the convention Netzach gave a talk about the pilot we did, and the new program with open source and eeePCs.

There are English subtitles, now, so enjoy.

You can to visit the article’s page in Crictor.

Today is the first day of school, let us hope the laptop program started here succeeds.

Nokia N810 Running OLPC Sugar May 1, 2009

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Sugar running on the Nokia N810
Sugar running on the Nokia N810

Hey all,
This past week I managed to do something quite interesting. I got sugar, running on my Nokia N810, compiled for armel.

The trick that made it work was thanks to easy Debian chroot, that got me access to installing sugar without a few good hours of compilation for arm (and I did that before).

Touchscreen is cool!

The first thing that I found pretty neat was running sugar on a touchscreen device. It really felt better, since most people that I let play with my XO and flip its screen 180 degrees naturally try touching the screen, expecting it had a touchscreen. Sugar was actually quite good with it on the Nokia.

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OLPC Israel’s New Debian Based System for Pilot February 7, 2009

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OLPC Israel Debian running the epiphany browser and a shell

OLPC Israel Debian Desktop View

Hey All,

I am Happy to update we have now a working prototype OS for the OLPC pilot here in Israel.

As explained in my last post, we have only B2/B1 laptops that are not compatible with the current sugar version. Because of this we had to develop our own OS that we will put on SD cards and in to the laptops (in the full project we want to use sugar, we did this for the B2s only really).

This system works well also with the normal OLPC units. And I’d be glad if anyone would like to use it copy, and modify.

The system is based off Debian and runs on XFCE. The B2 laptops work with only 128 RAM so we really reduced the memory usage. The kernel on the system is from build 711, which is the last to work with the B2. Still, it works fine on any OLPC. I hope we will have Kernel Headers for the release someone in the future.
I’d also like to take the opportunity for give a huge thanks to Ram-on Agmon who really got the system up and running.

You can download the latest build here.

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We have 24 Old OLPCs in Israel, for our pilot! December 18, 2008

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Hello all big news:

B2 OLPC boxes

B2 OLPC boxes

I have in my room, 24 B2 laptops!

Dima (ITU alumnai), Netzach (head of Ilan Ramon Center) and I had a meeting with Peres Center for Peace. To our great surprise, the center had 24 B2 laptops, which were laying there for more than a year without any use (if you are yelling “but why?!” then the quick answer is that none had the technical ability to get them truly working).

So to sum up: the pilot can start! .. but wait, there is a catch.

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OLPC pilot in Israel – We Need the Community November 30, 2008

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One Laptop per Child

Hey all,

I am happy to tell that in the last few days there were talks between OLPC and the “Ilan Ramon Youth Physics Center” with a goal to start an OLPC pilot in Israel.

The plan

The Ilan Ramon Center already has an ongoing project for mathematical thinking and programing in the Be’er Sheva area (aka the Negev desert), where they mostly help poor families, and also Bedouin. This is a perfect place to help with OLPCs (some Bedouin even live in tents!). There is a lot to do to help. This past week I had to help the people in the Center get a C and Java IDE to work on the green laptop.

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Debian repository for Sugar-jhbuild November 8, 2008

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Debian OpenLogo

Hey all,

I am happy to announce that we have a Debian repository of weekly builds of sugar-jhbuild.

You can see its wiki page here.

You can get it by adding the following line to your /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://download.sugarlabs.org/sugar/liveimages/debian-jhbuild/apt/ sid main

Then type:

apt-get update
apt-get install sugar-jhbuild

Now you can try sugar in a seprate window:
sugar-jhbuild-emulator

Live CD that turns any computer to an OLPC October 14, 2008

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The OLPC system, now you can try it.

The OLPC system

Hey all,

After a few days work, I have finished Building a LiveCD that, by booting from it. You would get a full sugar system, no installation required.

Where to get?

Here, in the Sugarlabs Wiki :-)

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Day Five – Innovation Forum, OLPC class, Elections October 12, 2008

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Hey all,
Today was back full of work. It started with an interesting panel, continued with of elections and ended in a mall.


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Day Three – Campaign against Censorship in Israel, Keller in a Pub, Princess Siam and I. October 12, 2008

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Today a few important things happened, I am giving a table of contents so you can skip to what interests you.

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Day Two – I have an OLPC + stories October 12, 2008

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Hey,

Yesterday at night my room-mate arrived. He is from a country called Kiribati. Its a small county in the Pacific, I am still finding it hard to pronounce his name. I hope to post when I get it :-) .

Today was pretty exhausting. We woke up at 06:00 and now the time is 00:09.

After breakfast we went to the Impact Hall, which is the central place for the conference that will start tomorrow. At the place there was an opening forum followed by a panel on technology and innovation.

During the day we all got an OLPC that was donated by the OLPC foundation! (yes, one laptop per youth fellow!). It seems that the foundation is merging in to the ITU, and OLPC donated 100 laptops to us.

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