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Re: Fedora Developers XO program

Dave -

There's strong interest in the XO at RIT [1] and I've forwarded this email to Professor Jacobs - with the caveat that it would be inappropriate to ask for machines that wouldn't fit within the scope you've outlined. If you recall [2], there's a SIG forming at RIT which will be the community side of things [3]. RIT will be holding a class centered on the XO itself. (they have 3 XOs being donated by Nortel)

The ideas popping around at the January meeting included the XO as a machine that can be morphed for other usage and I threw in my $0.02 with "why not join an established project?" (my meeting follow-up is pasted below)

So my hope is that this will wet their appetite some and encourage the SIG and RIT to consider working closer with the Fedora Ambassadors and OLPC. Let me know what I can do for you here in Rochester. If the RIT folks get out of hand or anything, just let me know and I'll go have a chat with them. <span style="Spoken Accent: Sara Palin">I can see RIT from my house</span> (sorry, the only language I can code in is HTML)


[1] http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Stephen_Jacobs
[2] https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-olpc-list/2009-January/msg00074.html [3] http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Rochester,_NY (yes, that girl in red is me)

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Subject: Re: [Fwd: [Lugor-discuss] One Laptop Per Child Rochester group forming]
Date:     Sat, 24 Jan 2009 08:48:28 -0500
From:     Karlie Robinson <karlie_robinson webpath net>
To:     Greg DeKoenigsberg <gdk redhat com>, Mel Chua <mel melchua com>
References:     <49739B96 4060105 webpath net>

I'm updating you directly because I'm not sure what mailing list this would be on-topic. I discovered that many in the crowd weren't familiar with the Open Source development model used on the XO so I spent some time explaining the basics. I also covered high points on XO history including the Fedora/OLPC relationship, What is intuitive? as it relates to the XO and the Sugar environment, and general Q&A that was spawned from the above.

Since there were developers and users of all sorts in the audience there was quite a bit on how to get involved - both at OLPC and Fedora. (I did sweeten the pot with history on test one get one. That by getting involved there /may/ be an opportunity to work directly on an XO.)

And in case you're wondering... No I wasn't scheduled to present any of this info. I simply showed up and was talking about F10 and Sugar to a couple of students who stopped in before the meeting. I was then asked to hold off so I could explain it to everyone. Then I did most of the talking. (I should learn to mind my manners)

I was also interested to discover that RIT Professor Stephen Jacobs will be teaching a class based on the XO in the spring. Nortel will be donating 3 XO's for the class and I've offered my resources (meaning you might get an email from me asking for stuff [wink]) in hopes that I can be an Open Source influence on the projects.
The official meeting minutes are pasted below.

Frederick Grose wrote:
Thank you all for attending the meeting last night!

See our wiki page, http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Rochester,_NY, for an update with pictures from Chuck's camera.

Be sure to click on the 22 January 2009 - Getting to know you and the OLPC XO <http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Rochester,_NY/Event_history/22January2009> link just under 'Past events' to see Stephen Jacobs notes.

Feel free to edit the wiki with any of your ideas, questions, or corrections! (or to me, if you choose).

If you have friends that might be interested, invite them to the next meeting. Tell them they they'll be able to play with an XO--and possibly take one home on loan!

      Best wishes until next time,          --Fred Grose

p.s., in the mean time, if you have any questions about your XO or the project, send me or the group a note, and we'll try to help you out.

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