[IAEP] 0.84 doc updates
Gary C Martin
gary at garycmartin.com
Sun Mar 15 17:32:40 EDT 2009
On 15 Mar 2009, at 20:22, Anne Gentle wrote:
> Hi all -
> Thanks to those of you who did updates on the Sugar guide for 0.84.
> We're close but need a couple more items in order to complete the
> Also, I can't currently export to HTML or PDF to update the Help
> Activity. I'm in touch with the FM tech team to get a resolution.
> I have a few additional questions, after poking around this week.
> 1. Can you update an XO-1 to the 0.84 build? I can't find a method
> for doing that.
I think the short answer is, not in a user friendly or reliable way,
and certainly some way from real deployments. I have an XO-1 here
running a build with Sugar 0.84.0 for testing – a number of important
XO-1 hardware features are not yet supported (power management, sound,
camera, correct keyboard mapping/languages, etc). The Sugar desktop
can live on top of various OS distributions; the software OLPC ship on
XOs has a number of customisations to what is now an old version of
Fedora, those customisations haven't yet (all) made it into current
Fedora builds that Soas (and fedora-xo) use.
> 2. I'm using SoaS to get my screenshots and then emailing them to
> myself using Gmail in the Browse Activity. How else could I copy
> files from the Journal (on SoaS) to another location?
Couple of options:
- Open the Terminal activity and use the command copy-from-journal to
easily get at the PNG file; you could then scp or ftp them to another
machine (this is what I usually do); you can probably also copy them
somewhere else on your USB stick that you know you can easily find
later on your main OS, this depends a little on how you made your
stick, but the ones I've made so far are just basic fat32, so I can
still access files of it from my main OS.
- Pop in another regular USB stick and use the Journal to transfer the
> 3. In the 0.84 control panel aka My Settings, I don't see the
> Software Update button. How can we update the Help Activity contents
> or other Activities? The answer to this will help with updates to http://en.flossmanuals.net/bin/view/Sugar/8_4/Updating
This is a bit of politics I'm afraid, the Software Update panel was an
OLPC thing and there was strong resistance to adopting it as part of
Sugar. That may be water under the bridge now as I'm sure I read there
was some movement and may be coming.
All the Soas and fedora-xo images I've tested so far do really nasty
horrid things with activity storage that will currently break most
users expectations. I think this is just part of the development
process, but I'm not sure where it's going to end up. Right now the
activities installed are all over the place, /usr/share/activities, /
usr/share/bundles, and some misc symbolic links in /home/liveuser/
Activities; all of which are owned by root, so no user will be able to
delete or upgrade any of them without hacking about in a terminal.
Manually installing new activities (and then deleting or upgrading
them) does seem to work fine as Sugar writes these into /hone/liveuser/
Activities with the correct permissions. By manually installing, I
mean using the Browse activity to visit http://
activities.sugarlabs.org or the http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Activities
and clicking and downloading .xo bundles.
Sorry this is quite so nasty still :-(
> 4. I have written info on using SoaS for Windows and started the
> Grannies Guide to Sugar here: http://en.flossmanuals.net/bin/view/GranniesGuideSugar/WebHome
> . I would love for someone to write the SoaS chapters for Linux
> (Ed?). I will include that content in the Sugar Guide once the
> manual index arrangement works again.
> Anne Gentle
> email: annegentle at justwriteclick.com
> blog: www.justwriteclick.com
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