version of Ubuntu for the One Laptop Per Child project

Bryan Berry bryanbryanb at
Thu Jan 4 16:40:07 GMT 2007

Hey guys, we are thinking of building a new linux distribution
pre-configured w/ all of the development tools for the One Laptop Per Child XO laptop. 
The reason for this is that it is fairly complicated to set up
the Sugar-jhbuild from scratch and download all the development tools and
documentation.  Further complicating this picture, broadband isn't a reality
for most developers where we are (Nepal).  Building sugar-jhbuild from
scratch will take days across a jittery 56K line.  

We think this would be a great way for the Ubuntu community to contribute to the OLPC project.

We have a lot of talented open-source developers here in Nepal that are
very interested in contributing to OLPC.  We can't give everyone of
them an XO but at least we can help them started on their existing
hardware.  We envision that people all over the world could use this
distro for Sugar applications development.   We even would like to
eventually build in tools for that non-technical people, such as
teachers, could use the distro to create learning materials.

We intend to hand out CDs of the distro at FOSS meetings and computer science Departments.

Does anyone know if a similar tool exists?  We would like to avoid duplicating the efforts of others.  

Here is the basic description of what we have in mind

We intend to use Ubuntu 6.10 and subsequent Ubuntu releases.  We don't intend to diverge very far from the mainline Ubuntu releases.

Let me know what you think. 

Tentatively we are thinking of calling it XO-Buntu (ZO-buntu) or Saraswati after the Hindu goddess of knowledge

Bryan Berry

OLPC Nepal

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