[Sugar-devel] aslolite (was: ASLO shut down target date? (was: licensing question))

Tony Anderson tony at olenepal.org
Thu May 24 04:45:54 EDT 2018

Hi Walter,

I have been working on an alternative 'aslolite' to ASLO which will work 
on a schoolserver. This requires all of the activity bundles be local. 
Access is by a simple web interface  The entire aslolite is < 5GB. If 
this space were available somewhere online, I could share aslolite with 
the community.

Users with an Ubuntu Sugar would download the folder (could be tarball). 
>From file://home/username/aslolite/index.html they can browse all 514 
activities, click on one of interest, which Browse will download and 
install. The activity can be immediately launched from the Home View. 
Bundles for activities in github were built by setup.py from the 
repository. Others were downloaded directly from ASLO.

Current limitations are some missing icons, summary descriptions are 
from ASLO and need the ones from activities with summarize in 
activity.info. The update to TurtleBlocks-218 has not been made. If it 
is ready, a bundle of MusicBlocks should be made and included.

The activity tile does contains a help button for those activities with 

Aslolite should work from an XSCE server for an XO deployment.


On Thursday, 24 May, 2018 11:29 AM, Walter Bender wrote:
> On Wed, May 23, 2018 at 11:26 PM Dave Crossland <dave at lab6.com 
> <mailto:dave at lab6.com>> wrote:
>     On Wed, May 23, 2018, 8:54 PM James Cameron <quozl at laptop.org
>     <mailto:quozl at laptop.org>> wrote:
>         Tony's insistence on ASLO continues to amuse me. Most
>         distribution of
>         activities now happens through bundles, tarballs, and GitHub. 
>         ASLO is
>         rarely used by distributors or indeed useful for anything except
>         personal searches for broken activities.  Tony's numbers make it
>         plain.  My own plan is to remove the link to "activities" in
>         Browse
>         default page; plenty of disk space these days to include all
>         working
>         activities in a build.
>     Good to hear real world usage of aslo has entered terminal
>     decline. When will it be turned off?
> I am not a fan of the current activity server, but I am a fan of 
> having lots of activities for our users to explore beyond the ones 
> that were chosen for them. So it seems we need some way for them to 
> explore, even if deployments (and deployers) feel otherwise.
> -walter
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