[Sugar-devel] Dextrose patch queue
bernie at codewiz.org
Mon Sep 27 18:31:03 EDT 2010
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We currently carry a total of 102 patches. Of these, 46 have already
been upstreamed, 47 are still unreviewed, unsubmitted or rejected
and the remaining 9 have become obsolete or bitrotten for various
This is a summary of all Sugar patches in Dextrose as of today. Most of
these patches have been submitted to sugar-devel@ or attached to tickets.
Some have already found their way upstream, others still have quality
issues. All of them have been integrated and tested in Dextrose to
produce a better overall Sugar environment.
Refer to the rpms directory in git for the actual patches:
== Upstreamed bug fixes ==
These plug a serious journal data loss condition that was observed
repeatedly in the field.
It turns out that this patch does not really fix #2064, but it
doesn't hurt either.
Three or more mesh icons were being added after every suspend/resume.
Quite surprising behavior: removing a bundle from the journal would uninstall
These two help make registration to schoolserver less painful.
Add frame and journal keybindings to F5/F6 (for XO1.5-HS)
Not sure how this interacts with the switch from mesh to ad-hoc, but
we applied it long ago.
These are not really important, but safe and nice to have.
The version that went upstream lacks the fancy red alert part. For the sake
of staying closer to upstream, we could rebase Dextrose on this version.
I don't particularly care.
Small build fixes.
== Upstreamed new features ==
Andres' series for sorting the journal by file size:
THIS IS NOT A GEEK TOY! If the filesize is not exposed, users are
unable to figure out how to free up space when the journal becomes
This is sl#2074. Merged after a very long struggle.
A variation of this went upstream. Formadores like this feature very much.
== Unreviewed bugfixes ==
Upstream maintainer wants this split in 4 patches and submitter won't do it,
so this useful patch remains stuck in review. There's a newer patch attached
to sl#1673, someone should check it out.
This one seems to have fallen through the cracks. Need to resubmit.
Review stuck in sl#1876.
Reviewed on sugar-devel, should be merged. Someone should ping Quozl.
Works, but Quozl posted a better counter-patch. Merge that one.
== Unsubmitted bugfixes ==
After first registeration with the schoolserver, the "Register"
menu item disappears. If the schoolserver gets replaced or the
user changes school, there's no way to repeat the registrarion
process. This patch provides a crude solution to this problem.
The journal index sometimes gets corrupted or out of sync with data.
This can happen at the hardware, filesystem or datastore level and
there's not much we can do about it. This patches provide a workaround for
users. No, it's not a geek toy.
Jorge or someone should post this to sugar-devel at .
== Rejected new features ==
This series implements easy backup and restore of the journal to
removable media and schoolservers. It has been submitted for review,
but upstream found it unacceptable for various reasons. Uruguay and
Paraguay like this feature the way it is, so these patches remain
Better-than-nothing patch, but the real fix would require a gettext
kludge in the code (see http://bugs.python.org/issue2504 )
See sl#2141. This is seen as another geek's toy, but geeks could simply
cat /proc/meminfo... users really need a simple way to see why the XO
isn't performing well with too many open activities.
The approach to compute the column width is wrong, but it produces better
results than the current fixed number of columns. So, for now, I'm keeping
this better-than-nothing fix.
== Unreviewed new features ==
We're doing good progress in sl#1206.
== Unsubmitted new features ==
Accessibility features developed in Uruguay. These have not been submitted
for review yet. http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/File:Dextrose_teclado_virtual.png
This is a backend for the new Sugar activity updater, implementing the
olpc microformat protocol which is used by several deployments.
Improves diagnostic messages for GSM dongles.
Walter's XO-1 touchpad control panel. It would be nice to add a global
shortcut such as alt-shift-T.
== Unreviewed cleanups ==
Should be merged.
The incomplete design and implementation of MANIFEST files has been laying
around for 3 years. We can choose to clean it up now, or let it bitrot for
another 3 years. Posted some time ago to sugar-devel, nobody reviewed it.
== Experimental Patches ==
Several alternatives have been suggested on the list, but nobody implemented
them, so this one still stands.
This change has been at the center of a huge design / UX / testing flame war a
while ago. I've merged it to observe user reactions, so
hopefully we can have a polite discussion based on some real data.
We had to temporarily exclude these because sugar-settings-manager does
not play well with xulrunner in F11.
This is a companion patch of a fix sugar-settings-manager which has
already landed in git. It's needed by xulrunner (Browse).
This is only required on the XO. We should really autodetect this.
== Disabled and obsolete patches ==
Erikos came up with a better fix in sl#1948. Should test it.
This also fixes sl#1719, which I've definitely seen happen in Dextrose.
I don't know why this patch is disabled in our spec file, it should probably
Requested by the Waveplace folks. This should be dropped once we get the
proper fix for sl#1719 (see above).
We no longer need this feature since we decided to disable Gnome, other
deployments may find it useful. (but journal crashes when you drop files on
This makes it possible to easily exchange documents with Gnome.
Since we don't ship Gnome any more, we dropped this feature.h
This patch series has been replaced by Tincho's Journal-based backup/restore
functionality. Keeping them around in case someone else prefers the control
This isn't strictly needed on 0.88, but it's confusing
// Bernie Innocenti - http://codewiz.org/
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