Playing w/ Activity packs in build 702

Bryan Berry bryan.berry at gmail.com
Thu Mar 27 01:25:24 EDT 2008


Added and linked
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Update.1_Software_Release_Notes_Activity_Testing_Results

Can anyone tell me how to install TamTam from scratch?

Teacher Training for 24 Nepali teachers starts on Saturday and I am in
charge of our custom build. Wish us luck!

Bryan
OLE Nepal
Kathmandu

On Wed, 2008-03-26 at 14:32 -0400, Kim Quirk wrote:
> Thanks Bryan! Can you add a link to activity testing results from the
> Release Notes page with this info?
> (http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Update.1_Software_Release_Notes)
> 
> It would be great for others to refer to this info when they download
> 702 and recent activities.
> 
> Thanks,
> Kim
> 
> On Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 10:02 AM, Bryan Berry <bryan.berry at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>         Hey guys,
>         
>         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
>         encountered.
>         
>         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:
>         OurStories v.1-beta
>         Mimic v.1
>         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__,
>         appears
>         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
>         
>         
>         What Works:
>         Scratch
>         Need Words app to work w/ Nepali, otherwise mostly useless
>         Newsreader runs but very slowly
>         Maze
>         Speak
>         Browse
>         Write
>         Paint, OK
>         Measure
>         EToys
>         Memorize
>         StarChart
>         Moon
>         SimCity starts up, didn't play w/ it much
>         Record
>         TurtleArt
>         SocialCalc
>         Ruler
>         PlayGo
>         PollBuilder runs, but Lesson Plans don't render properly,
>         appears to
>         be xml-1.0, UTF-8
>         MaMaMedia Learning Center
>         Jokebook
>         Jump
>         Jigsaw Puzzle
>         XoIRC
>         Implode
>         Frotz
>         XaOS
>         Flipsticks
>         
>         Other issues:
>         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
>         
>         Question:
>         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
>         release
>         
>         
>         --
>         Bryan W. Berry
>         Systems Engineer
>         OLE Nepal, http://www.olenepal.org
>         
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