Technical user's guide to RACHEL
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Technical user's guide to RACHEL

An unfinished guide

About the Book

This book is for people who are interested in using free educational resources in schools, colleges and universities globally, and anywhere else it might be useful where there's little or no access to the rich resources on the Internet. It's centred on the RACHEL project which was started and is maintained by various volunteers on several continents. In turn it's based on the work of many others.

About the Author

Table of Contents

  • Commissioning RACHEL
    • Commissioning using image files created by World Possible
    • What’s involved to download and get RACHEL running
    • Writing the RACHEL Pi image to memory cards
  • Introduction to the Technical User’s Guide to RACHEL
    • Aims of this book
    • Proposed Agenda
  • Safe Working Practices
    • Clean the computer before you work
    • Leave the computer as you’d wish to find it
    • Coping with adverse environmental conditions
  • Powering your equipment
    • Power for low cost computers and Android Tablets
    • Power engineering
  • Using Android
    • RACHEL and Android
    • Choosing Android Tablets
    • Software needed to administer Android devices
    • Google & other Accounts
  • Using Microsoft Windows
    • Topics to cover
    • Pitfalls
    • Offline Installations and Offline Working
    • Alternatives to Windows
  • Linux
    • Why do we find Linux useful
    • How to obtain Linux and prepare to install it
    • Installation options
    • Useful sizes of partitions for working with RACHEL
    • Security and other updates
    • Common development tools and commands
    • Useful commands
  • Connecting Computers
    • Commands to connect to computers and Android devices
    • Commands to transfer files
    • Signals and Cables
    • Finding each other
    • Configuring a RACHEL Server
    • Advanced topics
  • Troubleshooting
  • RACHEL on Android
    • Notes
  • RACHEL on Linux (Ubuntu)
    • Installing the web server
    • Enabling full-text search
    • Extra notes
    • Known Unknowns
  • RACHEL on Windows
    • Programs used by RACHEL on Windows
    • When RACHEL fails to start
    • Security Settings and Web Browsers
    • Optimising performance
  • Maintaining RACHEL
    • Maintaining RACHEL on Raspberry Pis
    • External Information
  • Scaling and Performance
    • Variations in performance
    • Testing and measuring performance
  • Working with Raspberry Pis
    • Interacting with a Pi
    • Updating the kernel files
  • Working with materials
    • Some practical context (a personal perspective)
    • Finding stuff
    • Writing new stuff
    • Collaborating vs. Single author
    • Enhancing public materials
    • Preparing and packaging materials
    • Shrinking the materials
    • Intellectual Property
    • Publishing
  • Working with software development
    • Opensource projects
    • Finding information
    • Etiquette
    • How you can contribute and benefit
  • Contributing to RACHEL and related projects
    • Contributing to KA-Lite
    • Contributing to Kiwix
    • Contributing to RACHEL
  • Links References and Further Reading
    • Reaching humans involved in the project
    • Installation and development guides
    • Software Sources
    • Contents
    • Examples of software online
  • Paraphenalia
    • Partition formats
    • Tools of the trade
    • Travelling with paraphenalia
  • Suggested Topics

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