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:
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From: Sridhar Dhanapalan
Date: 24 December 2011
Subject: Taking part in improving new XO software
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
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:
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:
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 🙂