email from Sonya to Mark, Stan, Kyle 
2:20pm 11/12/12

Mark (Cc Stan, Kyle):

The only way that I can see this Africa Math project ever happening (after this 2 year delay) is as follows:

Vyew allows us to use the old version of Vyew;
OLPC replaces our OLPC1's with OLPC2's (assuming our SD cards work in the OLPC2's);
Africa provides us with IPads or something like that technology, in order to replace the OLPC1's (assuming that new version of Vyew works on the IPads).

Mark/Stan/Kyle, please let me know if you see any other options. Thank you for your help.

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email from Stan to Mark (VYEW/Flash update on OLPC unsuccessful) 
Mark,

After you left today, I continued the line of work you started.

After discovering that FlashPlayer 10.2 and 10.3 didn't work on Firefox 3 in the Xubuntu installed on our XO-1 laptops, you had downloaded the .deb file for the latest Chrome browser for Linux 32-bit Ubuntu systems. I opened the download directory and clicked on the .deb file, which launched the appropriate installer automatically. Unfortunately, the installation aborted with a dependency error -- the installation depended upon libasound2 but complained it couldn't satisfy that dependency. I checked the installed programs, and in fact that sound library is installed but it must not meet the version requirement for Chrome. Synaptic showed that libasound2 was installed at the latest version available in the repository already loaded, but as we discussed, the newer repositories are not available any longer for this retired version of Ubuntu. Conclusion: I can't update libasound2 to meet the requirement of Chrome.
Looking at a welcome screen, I found that it must be Ubuntu 8.10 that's installed (Xubuntu variant). I looked into the system requirements for a newer version of Xubuntu that is still being supported, with the thought that perhaps we could try creating a bootable SD card with that version and bring some new life into the XO-1. Ubuntu requires a 686 Pentium-class processor. I don't think the processor in the OLPC XO-1 is any higher than a 586 class. The last version of Ubuntu that supported the 586 and 386 classes was Ubuntu 10.04 (an LTS version which should be supported until 13.04 comes out next April). However, 10.04 requires 512 MB of RAM, and the little XO-1 has only 256 MB. So, that is a dead end.

Since we can't update any software due to lack of repositories, I think the XO-1 is terminally infected with the "Popeye syndrome": "I am what I am and that's all what I am....".

Looking at the description of the XO-3, which is the latest model still on the drawing board, I see that OLPC hopes to make a stripped down configuration of it available to governments for $100 per unit. It would have an ordinary LED 1024x768 screen and lack some features of the higher models. The better "transflective" screen (visible in full sun by reflection as well as indoors by transmission of light) and other enhanced features would raise the cost. It is designed around a Marvell processor. I think that's because Marvell invented the wifi chip which supports 802.11n mesh networking, so they probably have the mesh implemented on the processor chip. Mesh networking is a good feature for this situation since it allows the laptops to access a local network and the Internet even though they are scattered throughout a village or sitting outdoors around the village school. We have an open-mesh network on our property, and although it has its problems, I just tested it for Internet access from my house which is over 1000 feet from the wired gateway where the mesh meets our base router. It gave me about 1 MBps access speed by wifi through the mesh (with several hops from mesh node to node to gateway base router). That would be good enough in a village in sub-Sahara Africa. Closer to the gateway node gives higher throughput due to fewer hops and therefore less latency.

Thanks for the time you gave us to try fixing the little XO-1 for running Vyew. There's no point getting together again over this because we can't go any further.

Stan

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Still not successful installing updated Flash for Vyew 
Assisted Mark and Stan with installing flash onto OLPCs. We were able to install Flash 10.3 (10.2 wasn't acceptable by Vyew). Even after Mark installed Flash 10.3 onto the OLPCs, Vyew wasn't running properly. Our next step would be to install Google Chrome onto the OLPCs and see if we are able to run Vyew using the built-in flasher player in google Chrome. Stan is going to try to install Google Chrome sometime before Mark comes back to help us again (he mentioned he would be able to sometime after Thanksgiving).

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email received from Miracule about Vyew in Ghana 
Miracule Gavor

1:03 AM (4 hours ago)

to me
Hello Sonya,
I have read the threads, just as Mark iterated, vyew is web based.Am on my way to Ghana.would arrive on November 9 and would contact the olpc rep probably go with him to the school hosting the project. I use vyew and should be able to assist the team in Ghana adapt.
Keep me in the loop so I can follow through on what's happening at your end.
Thanks so much for the update.

Sincerely

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Mark at Vyew will try to solve the Flash update problem 
Mark Teixeira m.lp.ql.m@gmail.com

8:15 AM (9 minutes ago)

to me, stanleysokolow
Sonya,

I've taken this to my personal email as there's nothing else I can do on Vyew's time. You may wish to add CC addresses to make sure whoever is following this thread gets this info.

I may be able to help further if I could somehow get ahold of your hardware setup. Where are you geographically? I know OLPC has monthly meetings locally to me, in San Francisco, that I could attend.

Beyond that, I'll have to walk you through step by step the things I'd try if I had the hardware, either piece by piece via email, or maybe via a couple of Skype or Vyew meetings.

-mt



11/2/12 2:40pm

Mark,

Please remember that I don't understand all this stuff. I was able to use
the OLPC's for tutoring on the Internet in Feb 2011. I no longer have
support from people who understand this stuff. So unless Vyew people can
help, the Ghana people will have to find someone else to tutor their
secondary students in math.

Last week NPR reported that the OLPC "movement in public education in the
U.S." was a fizzle because the teachers did not have the technical help
they needed to use the laptops which were given to them for free.

Please let me know what happens when you discuss this matter with your Vyew
people.

On Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 2:08 PM, Vyew Support <support@vyew.com> wrote:

> 1) An "older version of Vyew" I'm not sure is even available, as Vyew is
> pretty much completely web-based, including pushing out new versions to our
> customers, and if it were, I'm not sure we'd want an outdated version
> floating around-- probably the same reason you had such a hard time finding
> an older version of Flash.
> 2) I use Xubuntu at home. I know there are other current distros with much
> lighter footprints (Lubuntu?), but I understand there's probably several
> reasons why you're using it.
> 3) I'd experiment with using Chrome instead of Firefox. I suspect it's
> smaller and think it'd be worth a try installing an older version of Flash
> with the chromium-browser package. There's also the google-chrome browser
> that includes it's own version of Flash.
>
> I'll send this thread around the company to see if anyone else may have
> other ideas.
>
> -Mark T
> Vyew Support Team
>
> Ticket Details
> ------------------------------
> Ticket ID: FXW-446-84590
> Department: Customer Support
> Type: Issue
> Status: Resolved
> Priority: Medium
>
> Support Center: http://vyew.helpserve.com/default_import
>
Sonya Sokolow sonyasokolow@gmail.com

8:21 AM (4 minutes ago)

to Stanley, Kyle, Mark
11/3/12 8:20am

Hi Mark,

I am located in West Santa Cruz across the street from UCSC.

I have been updating my blog: http://www.internetmathtutoring.com/OLPC

If we can get this project up and running successfully, maybe NPR will interview us!!!!!


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Vyew seems to be no longer available for the Ghana OLPC Math Tutoring Project 
copy/paste Vyew emails to post on IMT/OLPC
Inbox
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Sonya Sokolow sonyasokolow@gmail.com

7:40 AM (1 minute ago)

to me
Vyew Support

Oct 31 (3 days ago)


to sonya
Hello,

On Linux, we recommend either using Flash 11.1 or, depending on your system, the "google-chrome" browser.

<http://vyew.com/s/misc/28633/flash-troubleshooting/#flash-11-2-and-linux>

Thanks,

-Mark T
Vyew Support Team

Ticket Details
Ticket ID: HXY-276-28805
Department: Customer Support
Type: Issue
Status: Resolved
Priority: Urgent

Support Center: http://vyew.helpserve.com/default_import
Sonya Sokolow sonyasokolow@gmail.com

Oct 31 (3 days ago)


to Kyle, Stanley
do you agree with this reply i got from vyew? will it help us to get vyew on the olpc's w/o having to re-do and re-send the sd cards to ghana (which i refuse to do)
Stanley Sokolow

Nov 1 (2 days ago)


to me
Kyle didn't ask me about the OLPCs yesterday. I'm very busy today, but if he brings an OLPC laptop to me when he first arrives, I will work with him on it at 210 for a little while to see if we can easily update the FlashPlayer as recommended in the Vyew message. Unfortunately, the ones in Ghana will need the same update, so I'll have Kyle take notes and write simple instructions once we figure them out.
Sonya Sokolow sonyasokolow@gmail.com

Nov 1 (2 days ago)


to Stanley, Kyle
thank you. I want kyle to video the session
Sonya Sokolow sonyasokolow@gmail.com

Nov 1 (2 days ago)


to Stanley, Kyle
kyle: it is essential that you video the session tomorrow morning when you and stan try to install the coorect flash player for the olpc he has at 210HVD. then the video must be uploaded in the right hand side of the IMT/OLPC website.

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Sonya Sokolow sonyasokolow@gmail.com

Nov 1 (2 days ago)


to support, Kyle, Stanley

Mark,

We were able to find the correct file type of Flash 11.1 for Ubuntu Linux (.deb) on a 3rd party software website. We were unable to find this file type in the Adobe Flash archives for Flash. We are now trying to figure out how to open and install this file on the OLPCs (One Laptop Per Child). The OLPC's usual run Sugar, however we have installed Ubuntu Linux via an SD Card. All of the OLPCs we have shipped to Ghana have this same operating system on their SD Cards. Any updates we make on our OLPCs here need to be made there via internet (as it is very difficult to ship new SD Cards via customs/p0st).

copy/paste of Mark's reply concerning Flash on Linux/OLPC
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Hello,

On Linux, we recommend either using Flash 11.1 or, depending on your system, the "google-chrome" browser.

< http://vyew.com/s/misc/28633/flash-trou ... -linux>

Thanks,

-Mark T
Vyew Support Team

Ticket Details

Ticket ID: HXY-276-28805 Department: Customer Support
Type: Issue
Status: Resolved
Priority: Urgent

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Foreman
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privatestan
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VYEW
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Vyew Support

Nov 1 (2 days ago)


to me, ktwalker, privatestanley
Correct me if I'm wrong: From what I find when googling, Sugar is a desktop environment that's installed on top of a Linux OS. If that's correct, then you can extract just the libflashplayer.so file from the Flash 11.1 zip file downloadable from <http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/installers/archive/fp_11.1.102.63_archive.zip>. Then you should be able, with root permissions, to copy that file into whatever directory exists that houses the Flash 11.2 installation, overwriting the 11.2 version of libflashplayer.so. That particular file is ~19Mb, but it's the only one you need, so if you could host it somewhere for your people in Ghana to download directly (kind of like I did here: <https://dl.dropbox.com/u/14888303/libflashplayer.so>), they won't have to waste time and bandwidth downloading the entire 175MB zip file.

Finding the Flash 11.2 directory may take some searching. I can try installing Sugar on Ubuntu on my home computer to help look. What version of Ubuntu are you using?



-Mark T
Vyew Support Team

Ticket Details
Ticket ID: FXW-446-84590
Department: Customer Support
Type: Issue
Status: Resolved
Priority: Medium

Support Center: http://vyew.helpserve.com/default_import
Sonya Sokolow sonyasokolow@gmail.com

Nov 1 (2 days ago)


to support, ktwalker, privatestanley
Mark: I'm hoping Stan Sokolow will answer this email and Cc me. He is the one who 2 years ago installed Linux/Ubuntu on our OLPC's so that we would not have to rely on Sugar for tutoring over the Internet. Presently he is trying to help Kyle install the correct Flash version on our OLPC's.
Sonya Sokolow sonyasokolow@gmail.com

Nov 1 (2 days ago)


to Stanley
stan:i tried to print out this email in my garage (so that i would not disturb tim and hannah who were tutoring in my gateway office), but there was no printout; maybe you did not hook it back up correctly in my garage; i use to be able to print from the toshiba to the printer on the workbench.
Stanley Sokolow

Nov 1 (2 days ago)


to me
It should have printed. I can check it tomorrow or on the weekend to see what setting I may have changed.
Sonya Sokolow sonyasokolow@gmail.com

Nov 1 (2 days ago)


to Stanley
please email mark in reference to his observations/queries about olpc/sugar/linux .... he seems interested in helping us, and then maybe he will help ghana
Stanley Sokolow

Nov 1 (2 days ago)


to support, me, ktwalker
Mark,

You are correct that Sugar is a desktop environment and window manager running on top of a Linux OS, but we are ignoring the native Linux OS and Sugar that was installed in the built-in memory and are using an alternate Linux version that was created by a user name "teapot". It runs off of the plug-in SD card as a bootable main drive. So don't bother installing Sugar yourself. We can run Sugar as an application, but that's not the problem. The Linux on that SD is a stripped down version of Xubuntu (the light-weight Ubuntu Linux) that uses the Xfce window manager environment. I have downloaded the most recent, most stable version of FlashPlayer 11.1 that works with Linux, as a "deb" file. Tomorrow I'm going to try installing from the deb file. Unfortunately, the Linux itself doesn't just run the installer when you click on the deb file. I think the installer is on the system (dpkg), so I just have to figure out how to run it from the command line or using aptget. I tried installing FlashPlayer 11.1 with the easiest package manager (Synaptic) but it couldn't find the repositories, probably because they've been retired to an archive. Another hangup: Ubuntu doesn't want users to have easy access to root, so they've given the superuser root a random password that I don't know. The preferred way to run programs as superuser is to run sudo first to get the privileges, but sudo isn't found when I try to run it from a terminal. There's some more I have yet to do to get around this.

Stan
Sonya Sokolow sonyasokolow@gmail.com

Nov 1 (2 days ago)


to Stanley, support, ktwalker
Hey Mark,

This system stuff is way beyond me, and I am sure it will be way beyond the math people in Ghana. I wish we could run Vyew like we use to in early 2011. But if not, I hope you will be able to help Ghana run the Vyew which relies on the updated Flash.

The project was supported by a grant that OLPC gave to Ghana in the form of 10 OLPC's.
Sonya Sokolow sonyasokolow@gmail.com

11:11 AM (20 hours ago)


to Stanley, support, ktwalker
11am 11/2/12

Mark (Cc Stan, Kyle),

We were unable to to install Flash 11.1 onto the OLPCs. All versions of Flash after Flash 10 require us to update Firefox to at least version 4. However the OLPCs won't allow us to install Firefox 4, or any other applications, because the repositories are no longer available. The version of Ubuntu Linux that we are running on the OLPCs is no longer supported by the developer. We can't install a different version of Linux onto the machine because they are limited in memory and processing power. It appears our only option at this point would be to use an older version of Vyew that can run using Firefox 3 with an older version of Flash (most likely 9).

Unless Vyew is able to accommodate, the Ghana Math Tutoring Project using the 10 OLPC's granted to Ghana will have to be abandoned.

Mark, please reply email so that when I next hear from Ghana I can give them a progress report or tell them the project will be terminated.

Thank you,

Sonya Sokolow, PhD

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2:08 PM (17 hours ago)


to me, ktwalker, privatestanley
1) An "older version of Vyew" I'm not sure is even available, as Vyew is pretty much completely web-based, including pushing out new versions to our customers, and if it were, I'm not sure we'd want an outdated version floating around-- probably the same reason you had such a hard time finding an older version of Flash.
2) I use Xubuntu at home. I know there are other current distros with much lighter footprints (Lubuntu?), but I understand there's probably several reasons why you're using it.
3) I'd experiment with using Chrome instead of Firefox. I suspect it's smaller and think it'd be worth a try installing an older version of Flash with the chromium-browser package. There's also the google-chrome browser that includes it's own version of Flash.

I'll send this thread around the company to see if anyone else may have other ideas.

-Mark T
Vyew Support Team

Ticket Details
Ticket ID: FXW-446-84590
Department: Customer Support
Type: Issue
Status: Resolved
Priority: Medium

Support Center: http://vyew.helpserve.com/default_import
Sonya Sokolow sonyasokolow@gmail.com

2:41 PM (16 hours ago)


to support, ktwalker, privatestanley
11/2/12 2:40pm

Mark,

Please remember that I don't understand all this stuff. I was able to use the OLPC's for tutoring on the Internet in Feb 2011. I no longer have support from people who understand this stuff. So unless Vyew people can help, the Ghana people will have to find someone else to tutor their secondary students in math.

Last week NPR reported that the OLPC "movement in public education in the U.S." was a fizzle because the teachers did not have the technical help they needed to use the laptops which were given to them for free.

Please let me know what happens when you discuss this matter with your Vyew people.

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several email in fall 2012 
Dear Sonya,
It's been quite a long time and after several delays and negotiations, a place has finally been found to kick start the OMTP. The computers (XO's) have been transfered to Ghana Secondary School (GHANASS) in Koforidua and the person in charge to see to the implementation of the program is Mr. Stephen Boakye Yiadom, head of department of mathematics. Am currently on a visit to the US till October 31 when I return to Ghana.
Please let me know what is next inline to get the program started as soon as possible.
Remember me to Stanley.

Regards
Miracule

Miracule D. Gavor
Institutional Representative-Elementary & Junior High Schools
GHANA MATHEMATICS SOCIETY
SKYPE: miracule.daniel.gavor
(+1) 717 343 0576
www.gms.mathned.org
www.linkedin.com/in/danielmiraculegavor
Sonya Sokolow sonyasokolow@gmail.com

Sep 13

to Gavor, Boakye, bcc: Stanley
9/13/12 1:35pm

Hi Miracule,

Indeed, it has been a very long time. I can't remember what is the next step to take. The person that use to be my hardware and Internet consultant may no longer be available to me as a consultant in this project. However, I do have a tenant (does math tutoring) who may want to get involved in January 2013, but probably he will want compensation.

Please ask Mr. Stephen Boakye Yiadom, or his helpers, to email me (sonyasokolow@gmail.com) in order to bring me up to date on what we were able to accomplish years ago and what are the project's goals now. I recall studying some documents on math curriculum in Ghana.

I had to have a hip replacement done in the past few months. I think I am healing OK. Should be able to start riding my horses in October. If you find yourself near University of CA, Santa Cruz, please email me so that we can meet here at my ranch (which is across the street from the University).
Sonya Sokolow sonyasokolow@gmail.com

Sep 13

to Timothy
Tim: FYI, in case this Africa (Ghana) math tutoring project is resurrected, and in case you want to get involved.
stephen boakye sboakye97@yahoo.com

8:39 AM (1 hour ago)

to me, rasemdy
Hello Prof,
I'm Stephen Boakye, Head of Mathematics Department of Ghana Senior High School, Koforidua - Ghana. I am in charge of the OMTP in Ghana.
The project objectives are
1. to improve math instruction,
2. to provide exposure to learners in ICT in learning
3. to provide faculty educational technology access
Yours faithfully,
Stephen Boakye
0243272933/0201187472

From: Sonya Sokolow <sonyasokolow@gmail.com>

To: Gavor Emdy <rasemdy@yahoo.com>
Cc: Boakye <sboakye97@yahoo.com>
Sent: Friday, September 14, 2012 8:36 AM

Subject: Re: On the OMTP
Sonya Sokolow sonyasokolow@gmail.com

9:11 AM (1 hour ago)

to stephen, rasemdy, Tim, bcc: Stanley
10/24/12 8:55am

Hello Stephen,

When I received an email from Daniel last month, I searched my binders from last year and found the Feb 2011 binder concerning the Ghana Math Tutoring project back then.

Much has happened in my life in the past 20 months (some of which I did not anticipate).

I am willing to work on this Ghana project as time permits in 2013. I have an associate who is a college student at University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) who is interested in this project too.

My philosophy of life is "one small step at a time". I recommend that the first small step we collectively should take is to choose a Ghana Senior High School math topic which would be mutually agreeable as our Demonstration Project.

The technological aspect of the project in Ghana is presently in your hands, however I probably can send you some video links which could remind Daniel of the requirements he was trying to operationalize to get your OLPC's working in Ghana.

Last week there was a news clip on National Public Radio (NPR) which said that the use of OLPC's in the USA (millions of investment dollars) was being hampered by "teachers not being able to handle the technological aspects of their operation".

By reply-all email please let me know what OMTP and ICT stand for.

For your information, you can learn more about me by going to:
http://www.internetmathtutoring.com .
Sonya Sokolow sonyasokolow@gmail.com

9:14 AM (1 hour ago)

to stephen, rasemdy, Tim, bcc: Stanley
10/24/12 8:55am

Hello Stephen,

When I received an email from Daniel last month, I searched my binders from last year and found the Feb 2011 binder concerning the Ghana Math Tutoring project back then.

Much has happened in my life in the past 20 months (some of which I did not anticipate).

I am willing to work on this Ghana project as time permits in 2013. I have an associate who is a college student at University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) who is interested in this project too.

My philosophy of life is "one small step at a time". I recommend that the first small step we collectively should take is to choose a Ghana Senior High School math topic which would be mutually agreeable as our Demonstration Project.

The technological aspect of the project in Ghana is presently in your hands, however I probably can send you some video links which could remind Daniel of the requirements he was trying to operationalize to get your OLPC's working in Ghana.

Last week there was a news clip on National Public Radio (NPR) which said that the use of OLPC's in the USA (millions of investment dollawas being hampered by "teachers not being able to handle the technological aspects of their operation".


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Rajkumar in India may be trying to continue with his application for an OLPC grant request to tutor math 
3/15/11 5:35am

Rajkumar in India contacted me by type chat this morning. He may be trying to continue with his application for an OLPC grant request to tutor math. I suggested that he email Adam Holt. I also suggested that he try to get XO 1.5's, because the XO 1's do not handle videos well. You Tube is a great source for video teaching materials.

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email from Daniel in Ghana 
Hello Sonya,

Finally i got the new firmware q2e41 installed on all 9 Xos today.Am now requesting developer keys to be able to use the sd cards.I hope by March the project can successfully take off after this very long wait.Would communicate other details as and when they crop up.
Sincerely

Daniel

GAVOR MIRACULE DANIEL
INSTITUTIONAL REPRESENTATIVE-BASIC(ELEMENTARY) SCHOOLS
GHANA MATHEMATICS SOCIETY
SKYPE: miracule.daniel.gavor
(+233) 020 7129878
www.mathned.org
www.linkedin.com/in/danielmiraculegavor

Our next step will be to meet on Vyew!


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Waiting for Africa and USA IMT project sites to contact me 
2/6/11 3pm PST

I am still waiting for Ghana and Alternative Ed sites in CA (Santa Cruz and Arcata) to contact me concerning implementation of OLPC projects I have proposed to them for Internet Math Tutoring.

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