Day 7: Getting Stuck In

Well its been 7 days now (I decided not to count the weekends) working on the project and things have slumped a little in comparison to last weeks shotgun start.

Unfortunately it doesn’t feel like we have made any huge amounts of progress since my last update, but I think that must come with the territory of a task where there arnt any hard line “go here, write this, produce x”. Essentially the time has been spent reading into the deep knowledgebase of the subjects; have also made some personalisations to the blog!

Day 5 (2009.06.19) Friday was mostly spent ghosting the lab computers, and getting my machine sorted from earlier in the week, everything seems to scan clean now so fingers crossed I no longer have an infection on any drives / machines. Also went over the documentation that was produced last year for the project wiki, many thanks to James again.

I also made a (small) start on learning Python which is a very interesting programming language, following on from some suggestions to start with “A Byte of Python”, hopefully it wont take me long to work through the material provided.

This week (Day 6) started off getting used to more IRC Channels where the Sugar developers hang out in order to get an more of an idea on how things work and what we are doing, along side signing up to more mailing lists; below it is possible to see where in the IRC world you can get connected to the project! The mailing lists are very active, so its hard to digest all the discussions that are being carried out at one.

irc:// (Web version –

  • #sugar
  • #fedora-edu
  • #fedora-olpc
  • #olpc-uk

Currently I am looking into the details around what the developers are discussing; turning a kick-start into a live-media, which we can then test how the development spin is turning out. This links in with new areas for me like the Linux Package management system etc, so there are lots of usefull links about.

Lastly an item of interest that Cornelia has suggested is for us to attend the Open Source Schools Unconference 09 in Nottingham on July 20th;
“Teachers and technical staff who use, or are interested in, open source software are invited to participate in a friendly, informal day of sharing enthusiasm, experience, and expertise at NCSL’s Conference Centre.”

It should be a good way for us to further get actively involved in the open source communist and also promote the OLPC project, see you there!


One thought on “Day 7: Getting Stuck In

  1. Hi Karl. Regarding learning python, don’t forget the O’Reilly books, which are generally good. “Learning Python” is in the library and on Google Books.

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