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

Tomeu Vizoso tomeu at sugarlabs.org
Mon Mar 9 09:35:51 EDT 2009

On Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 00:48, Wade Brainerd <wadetb at gmail.com> wrote:
> I think allowing web-based activities would be a great start to this
> integration.

Sounds good.

> 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.

I guess it would be good to list which Sugar-specific functionalities
we want to offer to web-based activities and maybe propose an API?.

> 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.

Wonder if this shouldn't live in a different module, though maybe not
inside hulahop.

> 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.

Totally, and with PyXPCOM we could do interesting customizations for
integrating that web app further with Sugar.



> 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.
> Cheers,
> Wade
> 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
>> --
>> Walter Bender
>> Sugar Labs
>> http://www.sugarlabs.org
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