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Mon Jan 5 10:06:42 EST 2009
On Sun, Dec 21, 2008 at 6:03 PM, Bert Freudenberg <bert at freudenbergs.de> wrote:
> Feel free to post it anywhere you think it makes sense. Glad it's useful to
> some. I already got some feedback after posting to my blog, including the
> confirmation it indeed works on Windows:
>From Bert's Blog
> Update: Reportedly it does work in VMWare Player on Windows too (see
> comments). Maybe someone can make an appliance from that.
I wonder what it would take for someone to create and distribute a
standalone player of the 8.2 image for Windows?
Would registration be necessary for distribution?
This and the VMWare Fusion option would be great for letting non-XO
owners try Sugar and participate in testing!
What are first steps for this?
> - Bert -
> On 21.12.2008, at 23:45, Brian Jordan wrote:
>> Hi Bert,
>> This is amazing, thanks!
>> This would be great to have on
>> On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 11:43 AM, Bert Freudenberg <bert at freudenbergs.de>
>>> Hi everyone,
>>> even with XOs readily available now there are quite a lot of reasons
>>> why one would want to emulate it on another machine. One being to hook
>>> up a projector. Unfortunately there are quite a number of hoops (*)
>>> one has to jump through to make it work.
>>> Anyway, I made a virtual machine that allows me to emulate the XO on
>>> my Mac, running Sugar in the XO's native 1200x900 resolution, scaled
>>> down to a nice physical size in a window an my regular screen
>>> (fullscreen works too). Sound works (even Tam Tam), Browse works (so
>>> networking is good, although I don't see anyone in the neighborhood).
>>> Camera and mic are not working (Measure crashes, Record shows blank
>>> picture), and a "Sugar restart" does not actually restart Sugar, but
>>> apart from that it seems fully functional, and much nicer than the
>>> emulations I had used to date.
>>> These are live-sized screenshots (calibrated using the Ruler activity):
>>> And here you can get that virtual machine (665 MB, 2 GB unzipped):
>>> This is for VMWare Fusion on the Mac, which I found to be much better
>>> at running Linux clients than Parallels (I had been using that for 2
>>> years). Give it a try, it's free as in beer for 30 days. No I don't
>>> get paid if you buy it.
>>> If you extract the disk image from the zip file it might work in
>>> VMWare on Windows. Maybe someone can make an appliance from that.
>>> Now to the hoops:
>>> * I started with the 767/ext3 image from
>>> * extended to 2 GB by appending /dev/zero
>>> (jffs2 compression gives roughly 2 GB too)
>>> * enlarged the partition to full 2 GB
>>> (using fdisk and ext2resize)
>>> * mounted that in a Fedora 10 virtual machine
>>> * copied over the F10 kernel, initrd, and modules
>>> (olpc kernel wanted AMD instructions)
>>> * edited grub.conf to use that kernel
>>> * and appended a root=/dev/sda1 kernel arg
>>> (the fedora kernel wants to use LVM otherwise)
>>> * unmounted
>>> * created new virtual machine
>>> (that disk, 1 CPU, 256 MB RAM, NAT networking)
>>> * booted into that new system
>>> * installed Perl
>>> (for vmware tools installer)
>>> * installed vmware tools
>>> (to get the X driver)
>>> (but none of the kernel modules, would need make/gcc/etc.)
>>> * deleted Perl
>>> (to restore the default sw environment)
>>> * copied the existing xorg-vmware.conf to xorg.conf
>>> (to get 1200x900 resolution w/ 200 dpi)
>>> * booted into Sugar
>>> (looks really nice so scaled down)
>>> * installed activities
>>> (took a long time, maybe it's my DSL)
>>> * tested a bit
>>> * rm -r ~olpc/.sugar
>>> (to remove my personal data)
>>> * should have deleted sshd host keys, too, but didn't
>>> * shut down
>>> * zip
>>> * upload
>>> * ...
>>> * ...
>>> * ...
>>> * still no profit? ;)
>>> And maybe remove some of the obstacles in future releases (a disk
>>> image with headroom and a standard kernel would be simple to do and go
>>> a long way).
>>> - Bert -
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