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


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 🙂


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