OLPC Adds Digital Books from Cloud 9 World

MIAMI, November 5th, 2012 — In an ongoing effort to supplement the XO Laptop with
applications and content from leading international providers, One Laptop Per Child
(OLPC), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide every child in the world
access to new channels of learning, sharing and self-expression, confirmed today that is
expanding its relationship with digital book providers.

Cloud 9 World has entered into an agreement with OLPC to make its books available
for free on the XO. The Cloud 9 World books focus on helping children to develop
the proper values in a modern world. Cloud 9 World books focus on universal values
including courage, compassion, respect, acceptance, honesty, patience, responsibility
and gratitude.

“OLPC is pleased to partner with Cloud 9 World to expand the third party educational
content on the XO laptops,” said Rodrigo Arboleda Halaby, Chairman and CEO of
OLPC. “Cloud 9 World’s innovation in content, combined with OLPC’s innovation in child
computing technology, provides a truly unique package for the world’s children”.

Maria Candelaria Smith, co-founder of Cloud 9 World, stated “At Cloud 9 World we are
so happy about our partnership with OLPC.  Knowing that many children around the
world will enjoy and learn about virtues and values through Cloud 9 World books brings
us an immense sense of joy.”


About Cloud 9 World
Cloud 9 World is a company dedicated to the promotion of universal values and morals that govern a civil and just society. These values are used to guide our interactions with others, with our friends and family, and in our business and professional behavior. Cloud 9 World books speak of values through engaging stories that strive to instill in each child a sense of humanism, a deep concern for the well being of others and for his/her nation. Cloud 9 World Books hopes that in spreading the message of these values, we can
create a society where people are kind, compassionate and respectful to each other.

Media contact
Maria Candelaria Smith

A Nepali hacker’s wishes for the School Server

Abhishek Singh from OLE Nepal published his long and excellent XS wishlist, generating a long discussion on the server-devel mailing list (1, 2) and other discussion online.   He discusses some specific use cases for current and requested-future features, including:

  • Porting XS to new version of Fedora
  • Support for more architectures
  • Self-tests
  • Web content filtering
  • Shared Journal Backup
  • A platform for socializing
  • Some specific packages needed for the above.

On the list, Martin comments on the package requests, Mokurai weighs in, and Sridhar points out what OLPC-AU has been doing with their XS builds.


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Activity and collection designers have gotten a lot of attention in recent days.  Some of the heated discussions at FUDCon targeted the rpm v. xo debate — concluding among other things that content bundles and installation for non-technical users are regularly neglected by packaging systems (as root access is required for a lot of package work).

Numerous related projects were mentioned [CPAN, Ruby Gems, autopkg, Firefox extensions], and Michael Stone and C. Scott Ananian both got their licks in.  At the same time, a recent discussion about “making activity designers happy” brought up other ways to simplify making and publishing activity bundles.

What are your own bundle stories?  Have you plumbed the depths of Activities/All and come up wanting?  Does the Software Updater do it for you?