[Sugar-devel] [ANNOUNCE] Sucrose 0.85.2 Development Release
simon at schampijer.de
Fri Aug 7 08:31:04 EDT 2009
Dear Sugar Community,
This is the second development release in the 0.86 release cycle - see
the schedule  for more details. Note, that we are two weeks late with
this release, as we wanted to land some of the features so we can get
feedback on, especially the toolbar redesign. This will have no effect
on the final release date, though.
We are getting closer to the feature freeze and a few features have been
landed in this release. Please test them carefully and report any bug
and workflow issues you find to get them in good shape for the release.
A friendly BugSquad  will be available to triage those bugs
accordingly and the developers can never have enough bug food. If you
have non-bug feedback about features you can use the sugar-devel mailing
list to share it with us.
From a user point of view we want to highlight the following changes
that have been made:
=== Switch to Metacity window manager===
Sugar switches the window manager from Matchbox to Metacity. Matchbox is
designed for small devices that run all applications maximized. Sugar
can run in devices with bigger screens and some applications break when
run in Matchbox. Using Metacity instead means that some unsugarized apps
would run better inside Sugar and that Sugar activities would behave
better when run outside Sugar.
=== Flash Activities ===
Gnash has been added to the Sugar Platform, meaning that authors of
educative content can use Flash tools  to create activities for Sugar.
=== Activity Toolbar redesign ===
The activity toolbar has been redesigned, since the design of using tabs
to group options, an activity can have, did not turn out to work so
well. More details about the new toolbar design . The redesign gives
a solution for the "stop activity issue" pointed out in #452. Browse and
Write have been ported to use the new Toolbar design.
=== Tabs in Browse ===
Links that would open in a new window now open in new tabs inside the
main activity window similar to the behavior in other browsers. Though
this feature  isn't proposing any way for the user to explicitly open
any link in a new tab, or explicitly create a new tab.
=== Ad hoc Networking ===
The new ad hoc networking facilities allows users to connect with each
other over wireless in an ad hoc manner without infrastructure like an
Access Point. This is the so called under a tree scenario. OLPC provided
that functionality based on hardware mesh. This feature allows to
provide that functionality with nearly all the wireless hardware.
Furthermore it allows you to do share an internet connection using the
=== Read ===
The read activity does support now Epub files. For getting epubs,
http://www.feedbooks.com and http://www.epubbooks.com/ can be
recommended. Furthermore this version will let you associate (add and
edit) notes with your bookmarks, and has a slightly more useful
fullscreen view (you can now get a rough idea of how much battery is
left in your laptop/netbook without invoking the frame).
== Compatibility ==
There are no known compatibility issues, as of today.
== Update to this version ==
Please use the instructions for your distribution (Fedora, Ubuntu,
Debian etc) of choice to update to this release.
== What is new for packagers ==
Please see the details at . The locations of the tarballs are listed
in the release notes as well.
Thanks everyone for your great contributions! You can find more infos
and pictures at .
In behalf of the sugar community,
Your Release Team
 Schedule: http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/0.86/Roadmap#Schedule
 BugSquad: http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/BugSquad
 Flash Activities:
 Toolbar: http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Features/New Toolbar Design
 Tabs: http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Features/Tabs_In_Browse
 Ad hoc Networking:
 Packagers info:
 Notes: http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/0.86/0.85.2_Notes
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