[SoaS] [Server-devel] Journal and Google

Walter Bender walter.bender at gmail.com
Sun Jul 18 10:31:26 EDT 2010

When I was still at OLPC, we had an agreement with Google that we
could use their servers for exactly this purpose.


On Sun, Jul 18, 2010 at 10:25 AM, Frederick Grose <fgrose at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Jul 18, 2010 at 5:04 AM, Tabitha Roder <tabitha at tabitha.net.nz>
> wrote:
>> Hi
>> Has anyone tried backing up the Journal to Google docs? A school told us
>> they are using google apps (for education) and would like Sugar to store the
>> Journal in Google clouds. Really, what they would like is a backup system so
>> loss of the device doesn't mean the loss of all the student's work -- the
>> school server provides a backup system, this may be sufficient. Does anyone
>> have success stories we can show them along the "Little Johnny started
>> learning how to customise his operating system now his XO won't boot, we
>> reflashed it, and all his Sugar activity work was restored from the XS".
>> I'm guessing tight integration with a cloud isn't a design goal of the
>> school server but if it can hand off to the cloud this would make them
>> happier. They have a google partner who can make at least some magic happen,
>> does anyone have any pointers on how to do a feasibility study?
>> Google Education Apps: http://www.google.com/a/help/intl/en/edu/index.html
>> Thanks
>> Tabitha
> If Sugar on a Stick images are prepared with a separate, persistent Home
> directory (with the --home-size-mb option of livecd-iso-to-disk, or with the
> --copy-home option
> of http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Sugar_on_a_Stick/Sugar_Clone, that allows
> one to share a customized Journal) then the entire, Home directory (with the
> Journal) can be backed-up, shared, or swapped by means of the
> /LiveOS/home.img file (an un-compressed filesystem package that is loop
> mounted in the LiveOS to provide the /home/ directory).  The persistent home
> feature is available in all SoaS versions by invoking the livecd-ico-to-disk
> script. See http://www.mail-archive.com/soas@lists.sugarlabs.org/msg01608.html for
> patches that will make the copy-overlay and copy-home customization features
> more readily available.
> A cloud-based swapping service for home.img files seems quite reasonable for
> those with sufficient Internet bandwidth.
>                            --Fred
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Walter Bender
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