[sugar] USB Based Community Access - What could work technically?
Thu Oct 30 20:49:55 EDT 2008
On Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 8:44 PM, Luke Faraone <luke at laptop.org> wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 20:05, David Farning <dfarning at sugarlabs.org>wrote:
>> On Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 6:03 PM, Caroline Meeks <
>> caroline at solutiongrove.com> wrote:
>>> On Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 6:42 PM, David Farning <dfarning at sugarlabs.org>wrote:
>>>> *Clinic next door to a School* - A health clinic located right next
>>>> door Sasha's school has a close partnership with the school. Many students
>>>> are scene there so they decided to add a donated computer to their waiting
>>>> room just for kids to use Sugar. This computer still has its hard-drive, but
>>>> its dedicated for Sugar. Some of the basic sugar files are located on the
>>>> hard drive and it is set up to allow students to log out rather then
>>>> shutting down and restarting between each student.
>>>> This is an very interesting idea. A hybrid harddrive usb solutions.
>>>> From a technology perspective it would not be that hard to implement. When
>>>> the computer boots from the hard drive it waits at a login prompt for the
>>>> user to either login or insert a USB with the users /home directory. The
>>>> current generation of linux distribution has excellent support for DBUS to
>>>> communicate the status of hot swapped devices such as USBs.
> Great idea. We can also make the USB stick (assuming it has enough storage)
> bootable, allowing for use wherever.
Yup exactly! 1GB sticks are plenty big enough for a bootable version and
cost about $5 bulk.
>> *The Zoo*: ....
>>>> This seems very similar to the clinic.
>>> Interestingly when I discussed this with Marco the Zoo is hard use case.
>>> Everywhere else we can assume the kids are all attending the same school
>>> district, thus we can assume they are all running the same version of
>>> Sugar. For the Zoo we might have kids from different towns all coming with
>>> Sugar USBs but different versions. This might be harder to support.
> Well, assuming that the host has a few gigs of harddrive space, we can
> suggest that the Zoo keeps muliple sugar versions (say... a copy of each one
> that was backwards/forwards incompatable, a list we'd provide).
Ah!! Good idea! :)
Even in this wonderful world where all the suburbs of this city are all
using Sugar, there are only so many towns and thus a pretty finite number of
versions that would be likely to show up at the local Zoo's class.
Caroline at SolutionGrove.com
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