[IAEP] Sugarized binaries? was Re: users doing python in XOs

Bert Freudenberg bert at freudenbergs.de
Mon Dec 3 13:12:09 EST 2012

On 2012-12-03, at 18:50, Yama Ploskonka <yamaplos at gmail.com> wrote:

> You are right, Bert, sorry, got carried away. The main point was not compiled vs. interpreted, that was just a point of theology.
> The main point for me :-) is
> 1)  stuff that currently lives as RPMs be usable by Uruguayan XO users, who are no allowed /sudo/
> I hoped some kind of Sugarization or wrapper or something could do it
> msp430-libc and dependencies, and mspdebug
> 2) one of those binaries, mspdebug, also currently needs to be run as sudo
> again, maybe there was a way to do it without.
> I really don't have the skills or knowledge. Also, due to Uruguay going to Classmates for Middle School onwards, this sort of becomes a moot point.

Well, if UY had gone with the OLPC-designed antitheft system instead of crafting their own, kids would have sudo, and the issue would be moot even for XOs. 

If mspdebug indeed needs root rights, you're out of luck for running it on a crippled system. But the rest of the toolchain could certainly be compiled to run from the user's home without having to be installed in the system. You just need someone doing that work.

- Bert -

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