[sugar] Programming environments on the XO
Benjamin M. Schwartz
Sat Jul 19 18:02:33 EDT 2008
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J.M. Maurer wrote:
|> Have you used Gobby? It's the shared editor that people at OLPC
|> _actually_ use, and having per-user background colors is among its key
| Not sure if I read this correctly, but are you implying that Write's
| collaboration is not used, but Gobby's is?
Yes. OLPC developers may have been using Write for collaborative document
authoring, but I am not aware of it. I am aware of several occasions on
which Gobby has been used for this purpose, for example for preparing
minutes for a meeting on IRC.
| If so, is there any
| particular collaboration issue/bug that needs my attention?
Not a bug. There are two issues:
1. To the best of my knowledge, Write's collaboration system does not
interoperate with any application that is available on non-Sugar desktops.
~ Thus, in order to make use of Write, all participants must have an XO,
emulator, or sugar-jhbuild running. I do not see this as a significant
obstacle in a Rwandan elementary school, but in the diverse environments
of OLPC volunteers, we cannot assume that everyone has easy access to a
In my view, the ultimate solution to this is to push our Telepathy-based
collaboration stack upstream into the standard Linux desktop environments.
~ Until then, we should come up with a streamlined Sugar emulator that
makes it easy to run an Activity like Write under any standard Linux desktop.
2. Sugar collaboration over the internet requires a specialized Jabber
server. It has proven difficult to set up such a server at all, and
impossible to set up a server that can be made public without collapsing
under the load. Hopefully, after the Gadget work is complete, we will
begin to see reliable public collaboration servers appear.
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