[Sugar-devel] A Better ASLO

Jerry Vonau me at jvonau.ca
Fri Apr 25 23:52:06 EDT 2014

> On April 25, 2014 at 8:54 PM Sam Parkinson <sam.parkinson3 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> On Apr 19, 2014 11:16 PM, "Tony Anderson" <tony at olenepal.org> wrote:
> >
> > Hi,
> >
> > Sorry I can't submit this to the lists - my internet provider doesn't
> allow
> > sending to my email provider (sigh).
> >
> > There is an apparent policy to support the Sugar Activities distributed
> > with builds 21 and 13 although not on ASLO. Walter has provided links
> > to
> > a version of TuxMath which works on the current builds, but this has
> > not,
> so
> > far as I know been posted on ASLO.
> OK, I might not be on the same page, but are you talking about activities
> with different builds for different sugar versions?

Think what Tony is referring to above are the versions of TuxMath &
TuxPaint that are used in AU but require the underlying rpms to be present
before the activity is usable. This would preclude the use in ASLO as all
the dependencies may not be present in the OS and are not provided in the
activity. To have these newer versions effective in ASLO sugar would need a
way to install the needed underlying libraries(as rpms) but there is
presently no way of doing this automatically right now and there looks to
be no effort to add this support(1).   

> > I would really like to see the limited available resources devoted to
> > verifying which activities in ASLO work on build 21 (at least for XO-1)
> and
> > on build 13 (and on which XO (1.5, 1.75, and 4).
> ASLO gets the compatibility for each bundle by reading through the code.
> We
> currently classify by:
> * web activity
> * gtk3
> * new/old toolbars
> [Suggestions welcome!]
> > If necessary, ASLO should
> > provide for multiple bundles where it takes a different bundle
> > depending
> on
> > the build or XO model.
> Providing a 'most recent version compatible with sugar XX' sounds like a
> good idea.

You have to take into account those activities which have libraries shipped
with then, those tend to be architecture(x86_64,i386,ARM) specific. The
activities mentioned above fall into that category, they used to ship with
the libraries but in an effort to make the activity cross-arch compatible
and reduce the size of the download those are not shipped with the
libraries for all the supported arches, relying on the OS's packaging to
supply those packages in advance at image creation time.

> > While a fix was made for the incompatibility in activity.info, as far
> > as I
> > know it is not available for either build 21 or build 13 (i.e. to the
> installed
> > base). It should be a simple matter to update the activity.info on the
> bundles on ASLO to work with the distributed builds.
> I lost you there.
> BTW: what are these builds in sugar versions?
> > Tony
> Sam


1. http://bugs.sugarlabs.org/ticket/4623

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