[IAEP] [support-gang] <OLPC

Yama Ploskonka yamaplos at gmail.com
Sun Dec 2 23:46:02 EST 2012

if they are accessing an HTML resource, the kid can have a cookie, or a 
CGI hidden field that gets passed in the URL as they call the resource. 
That would work like "logging in" into any webpage as we are used to do, 
hopefully done only once, and then kept as a cookie field.  That would 
require no deep magic hacking.

I have become convinced that interaction with servers should be through 
HTML, and hopefully someday an OS will have simply a browser, and 
anything and everything will be run as a service in the server. That 
would make it so much cheaper to maintain the OS, and probably make it 
much faster and effective.  For local (non-connected) use, the OS could 
have an internal server, same thing - the GUI would be an HTML page.

this, of course, is for school /users/. Those who deserve better should 
have a very solid Terminal, and binaries.

Anyway, even the local Community College I go to nowadays does every 
administrative task on browsers. Still paying full licenses, of course!

On 12/02/2012 10:27 PM, Tony Anderson wrote:
> Hi,
> The Saint Jacob school has one laptop per child in grades 4, 5, and 6. 
> The teachers in the lower primary (K, grades 1, 2, and 3) want to use 
> them for selected lessons.
> There needs to be a way for the work of each student who is sharing a 
> laptop to be kept separate. In particular, the school server knows the 
> class of the student who 'owns' the machine and provides access only 
> to those lessons.
> I consider this requirement as less than One Laptop Per Child.
> I propose the following:
> Modify the XO menu (home screen) to add a 'new' tab. This tab can be 
> used to assign another nick. For example, there could be the student's 
> nick plus a nick for the family to keep family use separate from the 
> students. This tab would bring up the original login screen to allow 
> selection of a nick and colors.
> Separate datastore folders would be set up in 
> /home/olpc/.sugar/default/datastore with a link to datastore for the 
> logged in user.
> When the laptop connects with the schoolserver, it will identify both 
> the serial-number and nick for the laptop.
> On the schoolserver, the /library/users/serial-number folder will have 
> folders for each user. The serial-number key pair would be used for 
> authorization and then backup would go to the correct folder (the 
> backup program would be aware of multiple users).
> I would appreciate any suggestions for better ways to do this and for 
> anyone who sees something I have missed.
> Tony
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