The OLPC Aus­tralia XO-AU OS 12 has reached beta 1. This is based on OLPC OS 11.3.1 and Dex­trose 3.

We’d really appre­ci­ate some test­ing. Please dir­ect your feed­back to the OLPC Aus­tralia mail­ing list.

Here is the notice I sent out to teachers:

———- For­war­ded message ———-
From: Srid­har Dhanapalan
Date: 24 Decem­ber 2011
Sub­ject: Tak­ing part in improv­ing new XO software

Friends,

The 2012 OLPC Aus­tralia oper­at­ing sys­tem, XO-AU OS 12, has reached a
beta stage of devel­op­ment. It has many improve­ments, and we looking
for feed­back on how it works to help us cre­ate the final product. This
beta is suit­able for test­ing, doc­u­ment­a­tion and devel­op­ing lesson
plans.

In early Feb­ru­ary, we will have a near-final release candidate,
suit­able for tri­al­ling in classrooms. We are look­ing for clever
teach­ers to provide us with real-world feed­back on how the software
works with their classes.

This is an oppor­tun­ity for you to take part in XO devel­op­ment and
ensure that the device suits the needs of your classroom. We would be
espe­cially inter­ested to know how the con­nectiv­ity and collaboration
works on your school’s networks.

To get star­ted, vis­it our release notes page:
https://​dev​.laptop​.org​.au/​p​r​o​j​e​c​t​s​/​x​o​-​a​u​/​w​i​k​i​/​120​_​r​e​l​e​a​s​e​_​n​o​tes

This page out­lines the main changes in the new oper­at­ing sys­tem. Go to
the “Beta 1” part of the Install­a­tion sec­tion. Installing the beta is
no dif­fer­ent from installing the XO-AU USB 3 stable release: extract
the zip file to a USB stick and you’re ready to go.

To provide feed­back, join our tech­nic­al mail­ing list:
https://​dev​.laptop​.org​.au/​p​r​o​j​e​c​t​s​/​g​e​n​e​r​a​l​/​w​i​k​i​/​T​e​c​h​n​i​c​a​l​_​m​a​i​l​i​n​g​_​l​ist

Fol­low­ing this, you can send your com­ments or ask ques­tions at
olpc-au at lists dot laptop dot org

The OLPC Aus­tralia Engin­eer­ing team are act­ive par­ti­cipants on this
list, and we will reply. Remem­ber, the bet­ter you can help us with
qual­ity inform­a­tion, the bet­ter we can make the product for you 🙂

Regards,
Sridhar

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