[Sugar-devel] wanting to try recent Sugar, problems

Sascha Silbe sascha-ml-reply-to-2010-2 at silbe.org
Wed Sep 1 06:54:18 EDT 2010

Excerpts from S Page's message of Wed Sep 01 03:59:53 +0200 2010:

> I wanted to see how the library and Browse work in recent Sugar. I
> downloaded the weekly testing soas-i386-20100826.15.iso from
> <http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Sugar_on_a_Stick/Beta>
From discussions on the soas mailing list I gather these are known to
broken. Peter Robinson is going to look into it, but didn't get around
to yet.
AFAICT you should have better luck with Mirabelle (currently available
at [5]).  It's based on Sugar 0.88, but I don't think there have been any
changes since 0.88 in the areas you're currently interested in.

> * Can an XO-1 boot from this .iso if I turn it into a Live USB?
> Supposedly the F13 glibc incompatibility with Geode was fixed  in July
> ( <https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=579838> -- great stuff
> from "Dont Close Unfixed Bugs" who must be John Gilmore in a mask ;-)
> ).
On XOs you might want to try Dextrose [1]. It's based on Sugar 0.88 as

> * I tried to get Sugar jhbuild to work on Kubuntu several months ago,
> I never succeeded and it left me with package incompatibility
> difficulties.
sugar-jhbuild on Ubuntu is troublesome in general and for Ubuntu versions
newer than Karmic (9.10) it's completely broken because they dropped
python-xpcom [2]. There's nothing we can do on our side, it needs to be
fixed by Ubuntu. You can help by voting on the bug reports [2,3].

> Any suggestions?  Ideally my PC environment would continue running and
> I don't lose my OLPC build.
I can recommend KVM. Just put Debian Squeeze inside a VM and install the
sucrose-0.88 package. The Debian team (including several developers from
Activity Central / SEETA now) has been doing great work; I've been
running this on my XO-1.5 for quite some time now and encountered no bugs
other than those in the upstream parts. If you want the very latest
Sugar code, you can instead install sugar-jhbuild inside the VM (but
don't install Sugar distro packages and sugar-jhbuild in parallel on
the same VM, it'll cause trouble).

Read is broken [4] on all recent systems, no matter what distribution.


[1] http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Dextrose
[2] https://bugs.launchpad.net/sugar/+bug/480407
[3] https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xorg-server/+bug/325706
[4] https://bugs.sugarlabs.org/ticket/1900
[5] http://spins.fedoraproject.org/soas/
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