[IAEP] Sugar Online (was Re: http://www-testing.sugarlabs.org/)

Wade Brainerd wadetb at gmail.com
Tue Mar 3 18:48:35 EST 2009

I think allowing web-based activities would be a great start to this
It's currently on the ActivityTeam TODO page and has been discussed a few
times in the mailing lists, but let me know if you would be interested in a
more formal spec.
The major change involves moving the WebActivity class into the Sugar
toolkit itself, and providing a web-activity wrapper script to launch web
based activities.

One example use would be a 'Facebook' activity which is simply a wrapper
around Browse which launches into Facebook.  Same goes for the (deprecated)
Gmail activity, etc.

Once we have the web activity framework inside Sugar, it would be simpler to
extend this to adding web (or Python!) "widgets" aka KDE4, OSX and Google
Desktop to Sugar.


On Sun, Mar 1, 2009 at 11:03 PM, Walter Bender <walter.bender at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Sun, Mar 1, 2009 at 5:32 AM, Tomeu Vizoso <tomeu at sugarlabs.org> wrote:
> > On Sun, Mar 1, 2009 at 10:12, Sean DALY <sdaly.be at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> Building a website for kids seems like a great idea to me. An online
> >> extension of the Sugar interface could foster interaction between
> >> Sugarized schools in a country and even beyond borders. The commitment
> >> of choosing a username is not major for an existing Sugar user. And,
> >> it could provide curious grownups with a (partial) idea of the Sugar
> >> experience.
> >
> > This remembers me something that has been in the back of my mind since
> > FOSDEM, when Patrick Sinz showed me the custom UI that they have
> > designed for the Gdium.
> >
> > They use gdesklets to display some widgets in the screen that relate
> > to some online activity of the user. Those desklets can display info
> > from facebook, gmail, rss feeds of all kinds, etc. The idea being (as
> > I understood it) that the gdium is not only the physical device on the
> > hands of the user, but also a medium through which sync a global,
> > virtual identity with the local, real identity of the user. Of course
> > this assumes an internet connection of some reliability.
> >
> > This may be related to a global "bulletin board", concept so often
> > discussed but still so far from being implemented:
> >
> >
> http://sugarlabs.org/go/DesignTeam/Human_Interface_Guidelines/The_Laptop_Experience/Bulletin_Boards
> >
> > What do people think? Accessing, caching and displaying some online
> > content inside the Sugar shell instead of only inside Browse seem like
> > an idea worth discussing?
> Seems like a good idea.
> Perhaps we should start a separate thread for this discussion:
> building a kids website and/or making Sugar shell more web-friendly
> are very different problems from the problem of reaching out to
> parents and teachers.
> -walter
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> Walter Bender
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