[Sugar-devel] The ARM is near
Benjamin M. Schwartz
bmschwar at fas.harvard.edu
Fri Aug 28 09:15:04 EDT 2009
Peter Robinson wrote:
> I think from the sugar perspective there needs to be some
> standard defined and recommendation made +to make supporting it easier
> rather than just sitting on the fence.
I agree. I am trying to devise such a recommendation. My goal is that
the recommendation also be a "path of least resistance" for Activity
developers, so that it's likely to actually be used.
> Deployments or people of course
> are then free to ignore those recommendations and package half a
> binary distribution up in their .xo if they so choose.
Of course. They're also free to patch Sugar however they like.
> At the moment
> its not so much of an issue but moving forward I think that if
> something isn't well defined now we're going to end up with a massive
> support burden going forward with users coming to mailing lists
> complaining because activities don't work and that sugar is bad
> because nothing works.
I agree. Consider, for example, an isolated school in Bangladesh, with no
real internet connection, running a mixture of XO-1.5's (x86-32),
second-hand consumer laptops (x86-64), Lemote machines from China (MIPS),
and XO-2's (ARM). One kid gets a few gigabytes of activity bundles in the
mail on a USB stick from a penpal, and wants to share them with the rest
of the school.
I would like to make sure that this works.
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