OLPC Pilot: Preparations

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| Janajyoti Lower Secondary School, Ugratara-8, Janagal, Kavre - the Department
| of Education, Ministry of Education had already provided us the name of
| school where it'd be best to do a pilot. But the real work began as we
| received 25 B4 XOs sent in by OLPC International. It was almost at the
| beginning of the month, but we decided to keep the news little low. Afterall
| it was just a pilot and not a major distribution. All we wanted was to make
| it work rather than have big publicity. However, all the active volunteers
| knew about this and we had the news quite goin in our IRC too.



Laptop Training Begins in Peru

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| This week, teachers from remote rural villages in Peru are gathering in
| several regional cities to learn how to do their jobs via One Laptop per
| Child (OLPC) machines distributed to their pupils. Peru is now engaging in
| the world's most ambitious OLPC deployment: some 400,000 machines are headed
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| to the Andean nation's poorest and remotest schools--about 6,000 schools in
| all. The first 25,000 of these machines are now being inventoried in a Lima
| warehouse and are poised for shipment to the interior. * * *



First XO laptop in Nepal through Simply Give program

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| Simply Give donation program has brought the first XO Laptop to Nepal. The
| lucky one is Prajesh Dulal. Jane Smith (USA) has contributed the laptop.
| Today he came to OLPC Nepal office for learning how to use this beautiful
| machine. *


Impressions of an XO laptop

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| I’ve had two or three days to look over my XO and I’ll admit up front that I
| really love it. I don’t know all the ins and outs of it, and it will take me
| some time to get used to the way things work, but I believe I’ll be keeping
| this one for a very long time. *



Feature: Hacking the XO laptop

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| We recently wrote about the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) initiative and
| specifically the XO laptop. Basically, the XO is a $200 laptop specially
| designed for use in developing nations. The laptop instantly recognizes other
| XO’s and connects to them, forming a mesh network, which then enables
| collaboration and even shared internet access in areas that traditionally
| can’t afford laptops and/or connectivity to the internet. They’re also
| specially designed for viewing in bright sunlight, and are incredibly
| durable. We’re already hearing about the positive impact these laptops are
| having on small villages, and more are being delivered daily. * * * *


Nepal software team wins best event competition

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| The celebrations this year took place under the banner 'Linux for desktops
| lets make IT FOSSible' and was jointly organised by FOSS Nepal Community and
| High Level Commission for Information Technology (HLCIT) for the third
| successive year with several events including distribution of FOSS, social
| events, talks, college visits, distro demos, freedom toaster, FOSS solidarity
| eve, signature campaign, documentary shows, media awareness program and
| others. * * *
| More than 850 people attended the event, FOSS Nepal community said.


Software Freedom Day to be marked

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| This is the third year that Nepal is celebrating Software Freedom Day (SFD).


NepaLinux 2.0 Released

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| Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya released the localized Linux Distribution,
| NepaLinux 2.0 .


Kids In Jiri Love XO [One Laptop per Child]!

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| All in all, the day was a huge success and another significant step
| in raising awareness of XO and just how valuable it can and will
| be to the children of Nepal!


Founder of OpenContent at FKK Special

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| FOSS Ka Kura a.k.a FKK is a monthly open-discussion program
| organized by FOSS Nepal Community, where FOSSians can discuss about
| FOSS, FOSS applications, Localization, GNU/Linux, etc. The main
| objective of this program is to create public awareness about
| FOSS applications and developing a Free/Open Source Community in
| Nepal. The Free/Open Source Community could involve a wide range
| of people ranging from experts, enthusiasts, FOSS advocates and so on.
| This program was formerly known as Linux Ka Kura and was organized
| by Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya (MPP).


FOSS Essentials Training conducted in Nepal

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| The key objective was to create an awareness about FOSS among
| general computer users, promote the use of FOSS and to build a
| network of FOSS practitioners and trainers in Nepal.
| FOSS Essentials Training 2007 was jointly organized by FOSS
| Nepal Community and the Center for International Cooperation
| for Computerization (CICC), Singapore. The event was supported
| by National Information Technology Center (NITC, Nepal), and
| Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya (MPP, Nepal).


Nepalese NGO Releases Localised Open CD

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| After the release of two different versions of NepaLinux, a
| localized Linux Distribution in Nepali, the development of
| the Nepali OpenCD 1.0 is yet another attempt of Madan Puraskar
| pustakalaya for promoting the usage of localized Free and Open
| Source Software in the region.