[IAEP] [support-gang] <OLPC

Tony Anderson tony_anderson at usa.net
Mon Dec 3 00:52:38 EST 2012


You are probably right. This proposal, however, addresses the existing 
XO laptop and rather immediate needs. Specifically, the record of 
student activity in Sugar is the Journal.

I forgot one point. When a different child uses the laptop, they should 
go to the XO icon where their name will appear as a tab. Click on the 
tab changes the environment to make them 'user of record'. Trying to use 
a 'screensaver login' approach is probably overkill.


On 12/03/2012 06:46 AM, Yama Ploskonka wrote:
> 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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