Building a smarter computing culture in Fargo, ND
I’m trying to get one of the XOs in our lending library ready for a family to use. I initially thought, this would be a good time to try out the OLPC software 11.3. Downloaded appropriate files, followed pretty good directions on the OLPC wiki, but got a message telling me I needed to update the firmware.
So, I went back to the wiki, downloaded the file, struggled but eventually updated the firmware on the XO 1.0, then tried to run the OLPC software again. No luck. Something about a bad date (November 1999?). So I gave up, and figured, I’ll just go with Sugar on the XO–nothing wrong with that.
But this XO doesn’t have many activities, so I started downloading activities:
Etext Reader: fail.
The family getting the XO is Rwandan, new to Fargo, so I am hopeful that they will love having Mancala, but is this really any kind of acceptable fail rate? This laptop clearly needs additional updating by someone with more technical knowledge than me, but I am doubtful that the time and effort spent updating it will actually pay off in the end.
OLPC and XO, I want to love you, but you make it hard.
PS: I can’t remove these failed activities. I can get them to disappear, but they come back every time I boot.