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Linux Caixa Mágica in the portuguese Magellan project

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Lightning talk presentation given at FOSDEM 2011 in Brussels by Flávio Moringa

Lightning talk presentation given at FOSDEM 2011 in Brussels by Flávio Moringa

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  • 1. Open Source Energy How to deploy 550,000 Linux netbooks into the classroom The Portuguese Magellan Project Flávio Moringa flavio.moringa@caixamagica.pt Caixa Mágica Linux distribution project leader
  • 2. Open Source Energy 1. What is the Magellan Project?  Government project with the aim of providing laptops to elementary school children to improve their computer literacy (Ages 6 to 12);  Dual boot: MS Windows & Linux Caixa Mágica;  Intel Classmate PC based;  First deployment: 300,000 computers (MG1);  Second deployment: ongoing, with enhanced hardware (MG2), estimated 250,000 by the end of 2011. Magellan MG2 Magellan MG1FOSDEM - Brussels, Feb 05, 2011 How to deploy 550,000 Linux netbooks into the classroom 2
  • 3. Open Source Energy 2. What is Caixa Mágica?  The main Portuguese Linux distribution;  Free installation DVDs and Live CDs;  KDE, Gnome and other WM;  Official phone and e-mail support on the paid version;  USB version with read and write support;  Free user foruns;  Shared base with Mandriva;  Etc...FOSDEM - Brussels, Feb 05, 2011 How to deploy 550,000 Linux netbooks into the classroom 3
  • 4. Open Source Energy 3. Asking help from the right people  Design and development: – Nuno Pinheiro - KDE Oxygen Coordinator; – Tomaz Canabrava – QT/KDE Developer.  Language: – Instituto de Formação e Investigação da Língua Portuguesa (http://ifilp.org).  Hardware support: – Realtek (Wireless hostap support); – Intel (Function keys and brightness sensor).  QA: – Ângulo Sólido (http://angulosolido.pt).FOSDEM - Brussels, Feb 05, 2011 How to deploy 550,000 Linux netbooks into the classroom 4
  • 5. Open Source Energy 3. Asking help from the right people  Usability: – Human-Computer Interaction and Multimedia Research Team (http://hcim.fc.ul.pt); – Focus Group interaction; – Usability reports.FOSDEM - Brussels, Feb 05, 2011 How to deploy 550,000 Linux netbooks into the classroom 5
  • 6. Open Source Energy 4. Choose a killer app - Supertux  What application will make kids boot into Linux? Supertux.  Our own developments: – Download and upload of levels through the game interface; – Upload of highscores through the game interface; – Full Portuguese localization; – Support web page.FOSDEM - Brussels, Feb 05, 2011 How to deploy 550,000 Linux netbooks into the classroom 6
  • 7. Open Source Energy 5. The first Magellan version - MG1  Superkaramba theme displaying the most common used applications;  300,000 deploys by the end of 2010;  Caixa Mágica 12;  Standard KDE 3;  Full hardware support;  Larger interface bar;  Recovery system from hdd;  Easy to install new software from web.FOSDEM - Brussels, Feb 05, 2011 How to deploy 550,000 Linux netbooks into the classroom 7
  • 8. Open Source Energy 6. The second Magellan version - MG2  Plasmoid displaying the most common used applications;  250,000 deploys by the end of 2011;  Caixa Mágica 14;  Standard KDE 4;  Full hardware support, now including light sensor and hostAP;  Installable in MG1;  Graphical recovery system from hdd.FOSDEM - Brussels, Feb 05, 2011 How to deploy 550,000 Linux netbooks into the classroom 8
  • 9. Open Source Energy 7. Why boot into Caixa Mágica Linux not Windows?  The great look & feel: – The new multi-folderview plasmoid made by Tomaz Canabrava (called “nunosview”) ; – The clock widget made by Nuno Pinheiro; – The “Caixinha” desktop theme made by Nuno Pinheiro; – The KDE desktop efects enabled by default.FOSDEM - Brussels, Feb 05, 2011 How to deploy 550,000 Linux netbooks into the classroom 9
  • 10. Open Source Energy 7. Why boot into Caixa Mágica Linux not Windows?  One application per task;  Great system mimetype handling;  Great browser mimetype handling;  Easy Parental controls for Internet access control, application control and time usage control;  Great and simple games for children, with a fully localized GCompris;  Desktop lockdown;  Good localization and language consistency across menus.FOSDEM - Brussels, Feb 05, 2011 How to deploy 550,000 Linux netbooks into the classroom 10
  • 11. Open Source Energy 7. Why boot into Caixa Mágica Linux not Windows?  The pre-configured classroom environment applications: – Easy way to configure the teachers computer as an access point; – Pre-configured shared folder on the teachers computer; – Pre-configured access to the shared folder on the students computers; – Simple iTALC client and server configuration; – Classroom management software pre-installed, and pre-configured;FOSDEM - Brussels, Feb 05, 2011 How to deploy 550,000 Linux netbooks into the classroom 11
  • 12. Open Source Energy 8. Final Remarks  So what are the main tips for this kind of deployment: – Use a clean desktop... no cluttering; – One application per task is essential; – Look & feel is essential - first impression is a selling point; – Simplify everything even if losing configuration options; – – But dont over simplify... – Keep in mind that although its designed for young children, teachers and parents will use it too; – Have at least one or two killer apps not found in the other OS;FOSDEM - Brussels, Feb 05, 2011 How to deploy 550,000 Linux netbooks into the classroom 12
  • 13. Open Source Energy 8. Final Remarks  And ultra-mega important: – Have real kids, real parents and real teachers test your system before releasing it, testing with focus groups, after all: They know what they want... you can only guess.FOSDEM - Brussels, Feb 05, 2011 How to deploy 550,000 Linux netbooks into the classroom 13
  • 14. Open Source Energy Thank You Thanks for you attention. Feel free to ask me more questions, either in person or through: flavio.moringa@caixamagica.pt Useful links: http://comunidade.magalhaes.caixamagica.pt/ http://www.caixamagica.pt http://contribsoft.caixamagica.pt/trac/browser/packages/cm14/supertux http://ftp.magalhaes.caixamagica.pt/mg2/SRPMS/eescolinha2/FOSDEM - Brussels, Feb 05, 2011 How to deploy 550,000 Linux netbooks into the classroom 14