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===Purpose===
 
===Purpose===
# Provide a school server test and development environment for the Honors Seminar participants
 
# Develop School Server systems administration skills
 
## Create an ebook reader server/client system
 
##* <font color="red">Status:</font>  currently under way
 
## Backup registered XOs or Sugar Sticks
 
##* <font color="red">Status:</font>  not started
 
## Host Moodle content developed in class
 
##* <font color="red">Status:</font>  Moodle is installed but not fully configured
 
# Test and Debug OLPC - Sugar Labs School Server software
 
## currently running (insert image name)
 
##* <font color="red">Status:</font>  upgraded to latest Server image
 
# Develop a School Server SysAdmin training curriculum for volunteers who want to support an OLPC or Sugar deployment
 
## Basic documentation and support is being compiled
 
##* <font color="red">Status:</font>  not complete
 
  
===Resources===
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# To create a school server with minimal hardware requirements in order to develop and test ideas and innovation from within the community
* RIT LTL or other hardware
 
* OLPC XS development builds, http://wiki.laptop.org/go/School_server
 
* http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/server-devel and [http://lists.laptop.org/pipermail/server-devel/ the list archives], [http://www.mail-archive.com/server-devel@lists.laptop.org/maillist.html archive with search]
 
* OLPC projects/xs repository, http://dev.laptop.org/git/?q=projects%2Fxs
 
* Martin Langhoff's git repository, http://dev.laptop.org/git/users/martin/
 
 
 
===Subpages===
 
{{Special:PrefixIndex/{{PAGENAME}}/}}
 
  
 
==schoolserver.rit.edu==
 
==schoolserver.rit.edu==
  
 
'''Note:''' Admin log is located on the server at /var/log/adminlog.log
 
'''Note:''' Admin log is located on the server at /var/log/adminlog.log
<br><font color="Purple">Add more server info</font>
 
  
 
===Project Ideas===
 
===Project Ideas===
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<P>'''Current Project and/or current main focus '''
 
<P>'''Current Project and/or current main focus '''
 
* [http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Book_reader Library /Book Reader]. Thousands of books stored on the XS which children are able to pull over the network either as whole book  or bit by bit as they read them on their XO's.
 
* [http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Book_reader Library /Book Reader]. Thousands of books stored on the XS which children are able to pull over the network either as whole book  or bit by bit as they read them on their XO's.
** <font color="red">Status:</font> currently under development
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**An e-book reader client/server system
 
**Additionally, they can "check out" books and bring them home on their laptops to read at home, or while not connected to the XS.
 
**Additionally, they can "check out" books and bring them home on their laptops to read at home, or while not connected to the XS.
*** <font color="red">Status:</font> currently under development
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**This may prove to be more economical than the proposal of distributing text via SD cards as it would allow for a wider range of content per available Gigabyte. One 40 gig hard disk library would hold 10 times as much content as ten, 4-GB SD cards replicated with identical content.
**This may prove to be more economical than the proposal of distributing text via SDcards as it would allow for a wider range of content per available Gigabyte. One 40 gig hard disk library would hold 10 times as much content as ten, 4-GB SDcards replicated with identical content.
 
*** <font color="red">Status:</font> currently under development
 
 
** Run said books through Pootle, so children have access to books not in their native tongue.
 
** Run said books through Pootle, so children have access to books not in their native tongue.
*** <font color="red">Status:</font> currently under development
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** Essentially, a back-end to the read activity.
** Essentially, a backend to the read activity.
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** <font color="red">Status:</font> Currently under development; See "Reading Library" below.
*** <font color="red">Status:</font> currently under development
 
 
</P>
 
</P>
 
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<br>
 
<P>'''Completed projects and tasks'''
 
<P>'''Completed projects and tasks'''
 +
* File Distribution System
 +
** <font color="red">Status:</font>  Completed; Testing and improvements currently under development. See more information below - "File Distribution System". Please email us at our contact address if you are interested in learning more about this portion of the XS project or are interested in assisting in development.
 
* Fix Ejabber
 
* Fix Ejabber
 
** <font color="red">Status:</font> Ejabber is running and working. XO's can communicate
 
** <font color="red">Status:</font> Ejabber is running and working. XO's can communicate
 
*** To use Ejabber point XO server to schoolserver.rit.edu  
 
*** To use Ejabber point XO server to schoolserver.rit.edu  
 
* Configure Moodle to our needs
 
* Configure Moodle to our needs
** <font color="red">Status:</font> We currently do not have a project that needs moodle
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** <font color="red">Status:</font> Moodle is not configured; We currently do not have a project that needs Moodle.
 
</P>
 
</P>
 +
<br>
 +
<P>'''Future project ideas'''
  
<P>'''Future project ideas'''
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* Provide a school server test and development environment for the Honors Seminar participants
* Create an Activity(Application) for RIT XOs so students can easily access Moodle
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* Develop School Server systems administration skills
** <font color="red">Status:</font> not started
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** Backup registered XO's or Sugar Sticks
* Moodle xo python api
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*** <font color="red">Status:</font>  Not started
** <font color="red">Status:</font> not started
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** Host Moodle content developed in class
 +
*** <font color="red">Status:</font>  Moodle is installed but not fully configured.
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* Test and Debug XS - Sugar Labs School Server software
 +
** Currently running OLPC-School-Server-0.6-i386.iso
 +
*** <font color="red">Status:</font>  Upgraded to the latest XS Server image.
 +
* Develop a School Server SysAdmin training curriculum for volunteers who want to support OLPC, the XS Server project, or Sugar deployment
 +
** Basic documentation and support is being compiled
 +
*** <font color="red">Status:</font>  Under development; not complete.
 +
* Create an Activity(XO Application) for RIT XO's so students can easily access Moodle
 +
** <font color="red">Status:</font> Not started
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* Moodle XO Python API
 +
** <font color="red">Status:</font> Not started
 
* XO Backup/Restore
 
* XO Backup/Restore
** <font color="red">Status:</font> not started
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** <font color="red">Status:</font> Not started
 
* XO Security [http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Antitheft_HowTo]
 
* XO Security [http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Antitheft_HowTo]
** <font color="red">Status:</font> not started
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** <font color="red">Status:</font> Not started
 
* Deployment "whitebook"
 
* Deployment "whitebook"
** <font color="red">Status:</font> not started
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** <font color="red">Status:</font> Not started
* Provide a service that allows teachers/volunteers (who don't speak English) in actual deployments to communicate via email with technical support volunteers by using the translating service [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pootle Pootle]. Incoming and outgoing "tagged" emails would be translated in and out of the server on arrival / departure of the XS.
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* Provide a service that allows teachers/volunteers (who do not speak English) in actual deployments to communicate via email with technical support volunteers by using the translating service [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pootle Pootle]. Incoming and outgoing "tagged" emails would be translated in and out of the server on arrival/departure of the XS.
** <font color="red">Status:</font> not started
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** <font color="red">Status:</font> Not started
*In class quizzing. Teachers ask questions, students respond using their XO, quiz results stored on XS. (Think the [http://www.iclicker.com/dnn/ I>clicker]) I believe similar concepts were proposed by [http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/User:Acj3840 Alex Jones]
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*In class quizzing. Teachers ask questions, students respond using their XO, quiz results stored on XS. (Think the [http://www.iclicker.com/dnn/ I>clicker]; Similar concepts were proposed by [http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/User:Acj3840 Alex Jones])
** <font color="red">Status:</font> not started
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** <font color="red">Status:</font> Not started
 
**Possibility of parsing of information, possible graphical heuristics.
 
**Possibility of parsing of information, possible graphical heuristics.
*** <font color="red">Status:</font> not started
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*** <font color="red">Status:</font> Not started
 
</P>
 
</P>
  
 
===Reading Library===
 
===Reading Library===
Some resources:
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'''Resources:'''
 
* [[olpc:Collections]]
 
* [[olpc:Collections]]
 
* [[Activities/Get Internet Archive Books]]
 
* [[Activities/Get Internet Archive Books]]
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* [http://lists.laptop.org/pipermail/library/2009-July/001046.html Nepali library]
 
* [http://lists.laptop.org/pipermail/library/2009-July/001046.html Nepali library]
 
* [[Features/Content support]] (for contemplating the design and integration with Sugar)
 
* [[Features/Content support]] (for contemplating the design and integration with Sugar)
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* [[olpc:Simple Digital Library Index]], [http://www.mail-archive.com/server-devel@lists.laptop.org/msg03063.html discussion thread].
 
====Proposed Design Goals====
 
====Proposed Design Goals====
# Hold copies of ebooks for learners with no Internet access
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# Hold copies of e-books for learners with no Internet access
# Compatible with existing Sugar ebook readers
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# Compatible with existing Sugar e-book readers
# Teacher/administrator interface for loading books from a variety of Internet book archives and portable USB or CD/DVD storage media.
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# Teacher/Administrator interface for loading books from a variety of Internet book archives and portable USB or CD/DVD storage media.
  
 
In the end, we want to have instructions and some supporting scripts to modify the standard OLPC School Server to support a reading library and our campus environment as independent features.
 
In the end, we want to have instructions and some supporting scripts to modify the standard OLPC School Server to support a reading library and our campus environment as independent features.
 
====[[School_Server/RIT/File_Distribution_System|File Distribution System]]====
 
====[[School_Server/RIT/File_Distribution_System|File Distribution System]]====
An alternative to extending e-book readers - a file distribution system for the server and a client for the XO.
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An alternative to extending e-book readers - a file distribution system for the server and a client for the XO. The goal of this project is to build an easy system to host files on the server that can be downloaded using the browser activity and possibly a file distribution download activity.
  
See the [[School_Server/RIT/File_Distribution_System|Project Page]].
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See the [[School_Server/RIT/File_Distribution_System|Project Page for File Distribution System]].
  
 
===Network Configuration===
 
===Network Configuration===
 
The School Server, XS, as received is designed and configured for 2 Ethernet adapters,
 
The School Server, XS, as received is designed and configured for 2 Ethernet adapters,
* eth0 - connected to the wide area network (WAN) or the campus Internet connection,
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* eth0 - connected to the Wide Area Network (WAN) or the campus Internet connection,
* eth1 - connected to an access point (AP) which the XOs connect to.
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* eth1 - connected to an Access Point (AP) which the XOs connect to.
 
For robustness in unreliable power supply environments, there are scripts that reconfigure features on a frequent basis. This design has frustrated anyone wanting to deviate from the default configuration.
 
For robustness in unreliable power supply environments, there are scripts that reconfigure features on a frequent basis. This design has frustrated anyone wanting to deviate from the default configuration.
  
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===System Configuration===
 
===System Configuration===
  
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Current OS installed:
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<br>OLPC-School-Server-0.6-i386.iso
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<br><br>
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From: [http://xs-dev.laptop.org/xs/ http://xs-dev.laptop.org/xs/] using Martin Langhoff's explicit instructions.
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=====System Information=====
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All configurations based on the installing steps and configurations found at [http://wiki.laptop.org/go/School_server http://wiki.laptop.org/go/School_server] and modified as needed for our applications.
 +
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<br>Hostname: <code>schoolserver.rit.edu</code>
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<br>Server uptime: <code>12:54:38 up 9 days, 18:50,  1 user,  load average: 0.00, 0.01, 0.00</code>
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<br>CPU model: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 1.80GHz
  
<font color="Purple">Soon to be added</font>
 
  
 
===Collaboration Server===
 
===Collaboration Server===
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* <code>/etc/idmgr.conf</code> edited line <code>BIND_DOMAIN=172.18.0.1</code> to <code>BIND_DOMAIN=129.21.47.159</code> in order to try to enable the registration service. Ran <code>service idmgr restart</code>.
 
* <code>/etc/idmgr.conf</code> edited line <code>BIND_DOMAIN=172.18.0.1</code> to <code>BIND_DOMAIN=129.21.47.159</code> in order to try to enable the registration service. Ran <code>service idmgr restart</code>.
*: But, on trying to register my XO, it stalls for a minute or two and then reports that it failed to connect to the schoolserver (it was connected to the ejabberd service).  --[[User:FGrose|FGrose]] 00:35, 17 October 2009 (UTC)
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*: But, on trying to register my XO, it stalls for a minute or two and then reports that it failed to connect to the schoolserver (it was connected to the ejabberd service).  <br>--[[User:FGrose|FGrose]] 00:35, 17 October 2009 (UTC)
  
 
==Schedule/Milestones==
 
==Schedule/Milestones==
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#Establish connectivity to the server
 
#Establish connectivity to the server
 
#All group members have an account on the server
 
#All group members have an account on the server
#Server administrative tasks
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#Server administrative tasks<br>''Admin log is located on the server <code>/var/log/adminlog.log</code>"
#*Admin log is located on the server <code>/var/log/adminlog.log</code>
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#Develop project ideas
#Ejabber up and running
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##Ejabber up and running<br>''To use Ejabber, point XO server to <code>schoolserver.rit.edu</code>''
#Moodle installed on the server
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##Moodle installed on the server
  
 
===Tasks Under Development (Current)===
 
===Tasks Under Development (Current)===
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#File Distribution System
 
#File Distribution System
  
===Upcoming Tasks (Weeks 7-11)===
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===For Future Development===
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#Configure Backup/Restore for registered XOs and Sugar Sticks
 +
#XO Security
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#Configure Moodle
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#*Create and XO Activity for easy access to Moodle
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#*XO Python API
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#Develop a School Server SysAdmin training curriculum
 +
#Deployment "whitebook"
 +
#Translation Service using [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pootle Pootle]
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#In-class quizzing
  
 +
===Resources===
 +
* RIT LTL or other hardware
 +
* OLPC XS development builds, http://wiki.laptop.org/go/School_server
 +
* http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/server-devel and [http://lists.laptop.org/pipermail/server-devel/ the list archives], [http://www.mail-archive.com/server-devel@lists.laptop.org/maillist.html archive with search]
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* OLPC projects/xs repository, http://dev.laptop.org/git/?q=projects%2Fxs
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* Martin Langhoff's git repository, http://dev.laptop.org/git/users/martin/
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 +
===Subpages===
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[[School Server/RIT/File Distribution System|School Server/RIT/File Distribution System]]<br>[[School Server/RIT/XS on XO|School Server/RIT/XS on XO]]
  
===For Future Development===
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 +
==Contact Information==
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email: schoolserver.rit.edu@gmail.com
 +
<br>
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googlegroup: http://groups.google.com/group/schoolserver_rit_edu
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<br>
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[[User:rnolette| Ryan Nolette]]
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<br>
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[[User:Fapryce| Fatima Pryce]]
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<br>
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[[User:Jlew|Justin Lewis]]
 +
<br>
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[[User:Wwdillingham|Wesley Dillingham]]
 +
<br>
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[[User:FGrose|Fred Grose]]
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<br>

Latest revision as of 11:38, 17 November 2009

For RIT Honors Seminar project.

School Server Fall 2009 Seminar Project

Purpose

  1. To create a school server with minimal hardware requirements in order to develop and test ideas and innovation from within the community

schoolserver.rit.edu

Note: Admin log is located on the server at /var/log/adminlog.log

Project Ideas

Current Project and/or current main focus

  • Library /Book Reader. Thousands of books stored on the XS which children are able to pull over the network either as whole book or bit by bit as they read them on their XO's.
    • An e-book reader client/server system
    • Additionally, they can "check out" books and bring them home on their laptops to read at home, or while not connected to the XS.
    • This may prove to be more economical than the proposal of distributing text via SD cards as it would allow for a wider range of content per available Gigabyte. One 40 gig hard disk library would hold 10 times as much content as ten, 4-GB SD cards replicated with identical content.
    • Run said books through Pootle, so children have access to books not in their native tongue.
    • Essentially, a back-end to the read activity.
    • Status: Currently under development; See "Reading Library" below.


Completed projects and tasks

  • File Distribution System
    • Status: Completed; Testing and improvements currently under development. See more information below - "File Distribution System". Please email us at our contact address if you are interested in learning more about this portion of the XS project or are interested in assisting in development.
  • Fix Ejabber
    • Status: Ejabber is running and working. XO's can communicate
      • To use Ejabber point XO server to schoolserver.rit.edu
  • Configure Moodle to our needs
    • Status: Moodle is not configured; We currently do not have a project that needs Moodle.


Future project ideas

  • Provide a school server test and development environment for the Honors Seminar participants
  • Develop School Server systems administration skills
    • Backup registered XO's or Sugar Sticks
      • Status: Not started
    • Host Moodle content developed in class
      • Status: Moodle is installed but not fully configured.
  • Test and Debug XS - Sugar Labs School Server software
    • Currently running OLPC-School-Server-0.6-i386.iso
      • Status: Upgraded to the latest XS Server image.
  • Develop a School Server SysAdmin training curriculum for volunteers who want to support OLPC, the XS Server project, or Sugar deployment
    • Basic documentation and support is being compiled
      • Status: Under development; not complete.
  • Create an Activity(XO Application) for RIT XO's so students can easily access Moodle
    • Status: Not started
  • Moodle XO Python API
    • Status: Not started
  • XO Backup/Restore
    • Status: Not started
  • XO Security [1]
    • Status: Not started
  • Deployment "whitebook"
    • Status: Not started
  • Provide a service that allows teachers/volunteers (who do not speak English) in actual deployments to communicate via email with technical support volunteers by using the translating service Pootle. Incoming and outgoing "tagged" emails would be translated in and out of the server on arrival/departure of the XS.
    • Status: Not started
  • In class quizzing. Teachers ask questions, students respond using their XO, quiz results stored on XS. (Think the I>clicker; Similar concepts were proposed by Alex Jones)
    • Status: Not started
    • Possibility of parsing of information, possible graphical heuristics.
      • Status: Not started

Reading Library

Resources:

Proposed Design Goals

  1. Hold copies of e-books for learners with no Internet access
  2. Compatible with existing Sugar e-book readers
  3. Teacher/Administrator interface for loading books from a variety of Internet book archives and portable USB or CD/DVD storage media.

In the end, we want to have instructions and some supporting scripts to modify the standard OLPC School Server to support a reading library and our campus environment as independent features.

File Distribution System

An alternative to extending e-book readers - a file distribution system for the server and a client for the XO. The goal of this project is to build an easy system to host files on the server that can be downloaded using the browser activity and possibly a file distribution download activity.

See the Project Page for File Distribution System.

Network Configuration

The School Server, XS, as received is designed and configured for 2 Ethernet adapters,

  • eth0 - connected to the Wide Area Network (WAN) or the campus Internet connection,
  • eth1 - connected to an Access Point (AP) which the XOs connect to.

For robustness in unreliable power supply environments, there are scripts that reconfigure features on a frequent basis. This design has frustrated anyone wanting to deviate from the default configuration.

We will have to understand the design, carefully document our adjustments for our environment, and make preparations to restore one or more configurations once we upgrade to a new version of the server that may likely restore some of the default configurations.

System Configuration

Current OS installed:
OLPC-School-Server-0.6-i386.iso

From: http://xs-dev.laptop.org/xs/ using Martin Langhoff's explicit instructions.

System Information

All configurations based on the installing steps and configurations found at http://wiki.laptop.org/go/School_server and modified as needed for our applications.


Hostname: schoolserver.rit.edu
Server uptime: 12:54:38 up 9 days, 18:50, 1 user, load average: 0.00, 0.01, 0.00
CPU model: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 1.80GHz


Collaboration Server

  • This bug report, http://dev.laptop.org/ticket/9242, covers the missing collaborator icons in the Neighborhood view (after first connection and before reboot or reconnection to the access point)
  • /etc/idmgr.conf edited line BIND_DOMAIN=172.18.0.1 to BIND_DOMAIN=129.21.47.159 in order to try to enable the registration service. Ran service idmgr restart.
    But, on trying to register my XO, it stalls for a minute or two and then reports that it failed to connect to the schoolserver (it was connected to the ejabberd service).
    --FGrose 00:35, 17 October 2009 (UTC)

Schedule/Milestones

Necessary Tasks

  1. Server up and running
  2. Register the server with the RIT network
  3. Establish connectivity to the server
  4. Server administrative tasks
  5. Server log of tasks
  6. Develop a list of project ideas

Completed Tasks (Weeks 1-6):

  1. Server up and running
  2. Register the server with the RIT network
  3. Establish connectivity to the server
  4. All group members have an account on the server
  5. Server administrative tasks
    Admin log is located on the server /var/log/adminlog.log"
  6. Develop project ideas
    1. Ejabber up and running
      To use Ejabber, point XO server to schoolserver.rit.edu
    2. Moodle installed on the server

Tasks Under Development (Current)

  1. Library/E-Book Reader
  2. File Distribution System

For Future Development

  1. Configure Backup/Restore for registered XOs and Sugar Sticks
  2. XO Security
  3. Configure Moodle
    • Create and XO Activity for easy access to Moodle
    • XO Python API
  4. Develop a School Server SysAdmin training curriculum
  5. Deployment "whitebook"
  6. Translation Service using Pootle
  7. In-class quizzing

Resources

Subpages

School Server/RIT/File Distribution System
School Server/RIT/XS on XO


Contact Information

email: schoolserver.rit.edu@gmail.com
googlegroup: http://groups.google.com/group/schoolserver_rit_edu
Ryan Nolette
Fatima Pryce
Justin Lewis
Wesley Dillingham
Fred Grose