[Sugar-devel] Activity updates

Bernie Innocenti bernie at codewiz.org
Tue Oct 19 17:28:45 EDT 2010

Quoting you from IRC:

<garycmartin> 09:36:21> bernie: Was it you that mentioned that
deployments did not want to point to ASLO for update as version were not
being flagged correctly for Sugar release compatibility?
<garycmartin> 09:45:09> bernie: FWIW, I've just been through 60+
activities testing ASLO installs on a clean XO-1 0.82 build (0.84 is
next on my todo list). I only found 4 activities that didn't have an old
enough past version uploaded for that release of Sugar, and only one
activity that failed to launch due to a trivial file permission error in
the bundle (SL#2464).

Indeed, almost all activities are compatible across 0.84-0.88. Probably
also 0.90.

But the point is that deployments really need to ensure that the
activity works with their lesson plans. For example, Turtle Art's
sensors support has been broken for a while in ASLO.

At any time someone could upload a new version of an activity that
breaks some feature that deployments were relying upon. Without
interposing an interim QA stage, possibly done by the deployment's
education team, ASLO cannot be relied upon for updates.

My proposed solution consits in reviving the microformat protocol for
activity updating (already done by Anish) and then augment the existing
concept of "collections" in ASLO to let deployments specify a particular
bundle version.

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