Edit: Unfortunately, the images originally included in this post are gone, because of hosting problems in late 2009. My apologies.
It’s nice to see that the method for installing Debian as an alternative operating system on OLPC machines has gotten easier. You can now install Debian or Ubuntu (or Edubuntu, apparently) through the
olpc-update tool, as described here.
The old method worked well for me, but required a little effort to get all the pieces in place. I decided to try the new way after I updated my system software to Build 711, and it worked as promised.
After that, I recreated my Arch OLPC desktop, which uses IceWM and GTK1.2-ish applications to fake a Windows 2000 desktop. The results were … acceptable.
I had to swap out some programs, since Debian unstable doesn’t have a few things that are available in Arch — things like XMMS or the entire Xfe suite (Xfi, Xfw, etc.). And the addition of GTK2 software slows things down considerably. But for the most part, it’s working fine. Slowly, but fine.
P.S.: No, the system update did not magically cure my stuck keys issue.