[Gsoc] I saw your proposal for sugar labs gsoc

Jameson Quinn jameson.quinn at gmail.com
Tue Mar 31 14:22:46 EDT 2009

I saw your kde-edu proposal. First off, thanks for making the effort; your
proposal is interesting, and it would be great for Sugar if you can
accomplish your underlying goal.

However, I am not an expert on gtk/qt issues, but honestly I think that
idea, as you present it, is a bit of a stretch. If you want this proposal to
be ready by the deadline, you will have to devote some real time to hanging
out on IRC and getting help with it. As a start, I think you should consider
including QT in the activity itself. It is around 20 MB of bloat, which is
unfortunate, but it will get you there so much faster. So your project would
be something like

1. get qt to work without a package manager, from inside activity directory

2. use qgtkstyle to get it to look superficially sugary

3. reprogram it to be compatible with sugar - toolbar, rainbow security,
autosave, dbus, etc. This is the real work of sugarizing. It is better if
you can avoid forking the application - if it provides its interface via
widgets which you can rearrange via another layer you put above. You would
have to research whether this is possible.

4. document the above so it's easy to do with other kdeedu activities. (It
would be cool if you could figure out some strategy to avoid repeatedly
downloading 20MB of QT, yet still rely on just .xo packages without real
package or dependency management.)

Steps 1 and 2 should be relatively simple. I have no good idea how hard step
3 would be.

Again, unless you pester the sugar-devel mailing list and/or IRC, your
proposal will probably not be ready in time. If you do do so, you may want
to keep an open mind and ask about exploring other project ideas, either
instead of this one or in addition to it; though you will have to decide
relatively quickly, as you do not have a lot of time to get a proposal (or
proposals) into shape.

Good luck,
Jameson Quinn
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