Playing w/ Activity packs in build 702
bryan.berry at gmail.com
Wed Mar 26 10:02:12 EDT 2008
Today I tested out almost of all of the activities on
wiki.laptop.org/go/Activities on build 702.
I remember reading an e-mail from Kim Quirk asking folks to test
installing the activities on build 702. I am posting my findings here in
case it might be useful. You may already be aware of the problems I
First I downloaded all of the activities from the wiki page. I didn't
use any automated scripts or xo-get because bandwidth is quite poor at
my location. I didn't test out activity sharing, hopefully will do that
tomorrow or Friday.
What didn't work:
MaMaMedia Storybuilder v.12 :( really an awesome activity
Tuxpaint v.1 --> doesn't run at all
Schoolsplay v.0.4- runs but display screwed up, hard to read
MaMaMedia Creative Center v.3 - works but doesn't do __anything__,
to be an advertisement
Kuku - doesn't run
Inferno - doesn't run
Dr. Geo II - v.104 does run but really, really slowly
Watch & Listen v.10 doesn't even show an icon in the activity panel
Need Words app to work w/ Nepali, otherwise mostly useless
Newsreader runs but very slowly
SimCity starts up, didn't play w/ it much
PollBuilder runs, but Lesson Plans don't render properly, appears to
be xml-1.0, UTF-8
MaMaMedia Learning Center
In general, Etoys-based activities start pretty quickly but take a
long time to shutdown, literally 2 minutes. This is an issue our team
in Nepal is wrestling w/. Hopefully we will come up w/ a solution that
can be shared. I should ask Hilaire for help w/ this.
Minimal documentation for Starchart, Go, Measure, Jump, Implode,
Connect. These are __great__ activities but it would be hard for a kid
to get into them w/out having background knowledge. Our two schools will
share a 128 kbps Internet connection so it will be harder for the kids
to google for answers.
SocialCalc, appears to be proprietary. The license info read "All Rights
Reserved." How are we allowed to use it
and how can we translate it? Am I missing something?
I got some weird errors during bootup HAL daemon userdel: user 1035
does not exist
I got 6 or 7 such messages
How do I install the locale for Gcompris?
How do I install the TamTam suite?
Hope this was of some use. On the whole, I was quite impressed by the
breadth of activities. For now, 702 gets my vote for Update.1 stable
Bryan W. Berry
OLE Nepal, http://www.olenepal.org
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