(another) WebKit port of Browse

Tomeu Vizoso tomeu at tomeuvizoso.net
Tue Jul 8 13:32:34 EDT 2008

On Tue, Jul 8, 2008 at 6:32 PM, Jim Gettys <jg at laptop.org> wrote:
> 2) the lack of a certificate UI has hampered our Browse usage primarily
> in G1G1 developed world situations: this tells me while it is of
> concern, it's not as high priority as some other issues might be,
> certainly lower than 0) or 1).  This could be satisfied by adding UI to
> browse, I believe.

Hi, this has been fixed (by Marco) and is in the joyride builds, we
are using now the same mechanism as FF3.

We could add many more of the missing features to Browse if all the
developers weren't so busy with the rest of Sugar. Also, although most
of the sugar developers have occasionally hacked on Browse, we are far
from experts in the big piece of code that Mozilla is.

In my opinion, if Browse is so important for OLPC, the following should happen:

- discover what the actual users (kids and teachers) need and is not
yet present in Browse,
- discover what the sales team need in Browse to successfully market
the whole OLPC stuff (firefox brand?),
- contract any of the people with actual experience in the internals
of mozilla for cooperating with the current Sugar developers in order
to bring those new features.

I know that hiring takes time, I'm just making the point that doing
the Browse activity we want for OLPC is not anything impossible nor a
gigantic task. But requires at least focused people and efforts, and
better if those people already have the right experience.



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