[SoaS] SoaS test cases: Quick way to test Activities
Thomas C Gilliard
satellit at bendbroadband.com
Sun May 2 15:46:27 EDT 2010
I just discovered a great way to TEST activities with Mirabelle.
Run them from a second stick.
They do not have to be installed or downloaded at all.
I am using a 2nd USB stick with 111.xo files on it downloaded from ASLO
loaded into a usb slot of a running USB of soas-i386-20100501.07.iso
It is also possible to download them directly from
http://download.sugarlabs.org/activities/ and load them onto a stick,
(2GB seems to be sufficient)
I have developed a Open Office Spreadsheet on my PC which includes the
name and activity number of each of them
I can sort this by name/activity number/ plus compatibility info for
I am now entering testing and compatibility info into this spreadsheet
as I test.
I think that this method of testing may also work for Blueberry and
Strawberry and maybe even the XO-1 (140py)
(I will test this later)
This technique depends on being able to see the 2nd USB and start
applications from it.
I open the 2nd USB in the frame and then select the journal.
The 2nd USB then appears in left corner under the frame and when
selected, displays each activity.xo.
these can be started by clicking on them.
Each activity on the 2nd USB can be started, tested, and run this way,
without loading on the soas live USB.
Very Quick Usefull way to test. I hope others can adopt it also.
Mel Chua wrote:
> http://blog.melchua.com/2010/05/01/soas-test-cases-we-can-haz-them/ for
> more details and current test results:
> http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Sugar_on_a_Stick/Mirabelle. The short
> version is that everything's working except collaboration (which has a
> known fix, see below) and Read (not because the Activity doesn't work,
> but because there's nothing to read with it and it's therefore hard to
> In terms of getting Mirabelle ready to go out the door, right now we need:
> * this telepathy-gabble update,
> to be pushed to the Fedora updates repo – it has +3 karma but is still
> in testing, and must be pushed before Tuesday; without it, collaboration
> in SoaS does not work at all.
> * download/install instructions for burning the image to a stick, for
> every major operating system, that can be followed by a classroom
> teacher without technical expertise. We know the Blueberry install
> instructions (http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Sugar_on_a_Stick/Blueberry)
> do not fit this criteria, and would love for someone – probably a
> non-engineer – to help rewrite them. Install instructions will either go
> on http://spins.fedoraproject.org/soas/#downloads or be linked to from
> this page.
> * quotes, stories, screenshots, and photos (CC-BY,
> http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/, please) from Sugar/SoaS
> users on what they’ve done with the platform, cool things they’ve tried,
> how this fits into a classroom, and so forth, to be used on the spin
> webpage and related links – bonus points if you can talk about
> contributing to SoaS as well as using it!
> SoaS mailing list
> SoaS at lists.sugarlabs.org
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