[IAEP] [Sugar-devel] ASLO Suggestion

Sean DALY sdaly.be at gmail.com
Tue Jun 9 18:58:39 EDT 2009

Yes, that's the procedure when running Sugar and using Browse... which
I wasn't doing. A couple of phrases removing the mystery will help us;
it's a lowering-the-barriers issue... we can't assume everyone will
alertly figure it out.

After all, common sense tells you that Software Update in the Control
Panel should check for Activity updates, which it sort of does, but
also doesn't. I understand that that infrastructure is on the OLPC
side, but a friendly checkbox for activities.sugarlabs.org (with of
course the server-side magic necessary) would help a lot.

I have stringent wireless security at home and it's a pain to connect
my XOs wirelessly, so I usually temporarily run a cable to an Ethernet
USB adapter (the green Zoltan thing I got from XOexplosion). But I got
stuck with ASLO by downloading the xo packages on another computer, to
a USB stick; with no idea how to bring them into an XO or a netbook
running SoaS. I only recently figured out how to browse files on a USB
key from within Sugar :-)


On Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 12:28 AM, James
Simmons<jim.simmons at walgreens.com> wrote:
> Sean DALY wrote:
>> GCompris is fine where it is; it is very well known in Europe and
>> elsewhere and has a five year headstart on us in word-of-mouth and
>> credibility with teachers. Although marketing/branding of GCompris has
>> been minimalist, it has a well-deserved reputation for quality. I'm
>> very excited GCompris is arriving in Sugar and I hope collaboration
>> will work in those Activities too.
> OK with me.  I hadn't heard of it before OLPC, so I assumed nobody else had
> either.
>> I disagree that common baseline Activities should be absent;
> I never suggested that they be *absent*, just not featured.  I'm thinking
> that a new Sugar user finds his way to ASLO by clicking a link on the Browse
> start page and the featured items ought to be things he doesn't have yet.
> I like the term "Featured Activity" better than "We Recommend" too.  "We
> Recommend" implies that the Activity is among the best and most robust we
> have, which limits what you can put in there.  "Featured Activity" implies
> nothing more than "We think this is cool and worth a look."  For instance, I
> would not hesitate to put "Story Builder" or "GCompris 3D Maze" as a
> Featured Activity, but would have a harder time saying I recommend either of
> them.  Plus you could change what is a Featured Item every month or so.
>  That would make this site a bit more interesting to visit, and you wouldn't
> have people wondering why last month we recommended Read Etexts but this
> month we don't.
>> We need a short intro explaining
>> the install procedure (it took me days to figure out how to do it). I
>> had mentioned this a while back but I don't remember if someone
>> besides me had volunteered to look at that
> I just hit the Download button from within Browse.  The Activity gets added
> to my Journal and is ready for use.  I know there are other ways to install
> something, but downloading to the Journal works just fine for me.
> James Simmons

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