[IAEP] Tech roadmap

Daniel Narvaez dwnarvaez at gmail.com
Wed Nov 6 10:27:17 EST 2013

On 6 November 2013 16:12, Gonzalo Odiard <gonzalo at laptop.org> wrote:

> > * Wait and see what happens with the XO. Support existing deployments by
> > producing images with the most recent Sugar release. Stick to a Fedora 18
> > base system, the work to upgrade is highly non trivial. Provide custom
> rpms
> > for the sugar modules and a few dependencies, most importantly Webkit,
> which
> > is required by web activities.
> In the short term, we don't need backport Webkit2 to F18.

Please elaborate :)

I think developing web activities on two very different platforms (WebKit1
and WebKit2) is a bad idea, it will involve more work (and pain) then doing
some backporting.

> In the long term,
> we need find a solution to move to a newer Fedora in the XOs, maybe 20 or
> 21.

Yes, ideally. I just don't see this happening in the short time and I'm
worried it might not happen at all, given the kind of work that seems to be
involved. It would be awesome to be proven wrong...

Until that happens though I think we need to be able to get the latest
sugar (and it's dependencies) on a XO.

> * Ensure web activities run well in web browsers. This will cover Android
> > and other non-Linux systems.
> > * Reuse the work done by OLPC on Fedora to get Sugar running nicely on
> one
> > or two ARM boards (Beagle board black and Cubox-i seems to be the best we
> > could pick at the moment). Talk to the manufacturers to get publicity on
> the
> > images we produce and devices for the developers.
> Maybe not only ARM hardware. At least in South America, many places
> are using Classmates in educative projects. I know talks between OLPC
> and Intel were difficult in the past, but is a different world now.

Yes! I think it would be good to research Intel hardware. After all they
are using this wonderful secure boot stuff (sigh) instead of locking the
OS, which would make things much easier...
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