XO-1 Mesh support in F11, testing request
mikus at bga.com
Sat Sep 19 01:26:28 EDT 2009
> Anyone interested in helping the last few steps in getting XO-1 mesh
> support running again?
Sorry - but my news (testing mesh support in F11) is not good.
Could not run a Chat session using any F11-on-XO1 systems. Don't
know if it is a problem with Chat-65 itself, or with the interface.
I start Chat somewhere, and tell it to share with Neighborhood.
All systems (802, os6) see that Chat icon on their own Neighborhood
Views - and if in any system I click that icon, Chat launches. But
on (os6) systems, the "Share with" text in the activity header never
gets greyed out - in other words, the Chat activity never goes
on-line. [Using only (802) systems, Chat works fine on those.]
Was able to get 'rsync' to transfer directories between (os6)
systems, using the "local mesh" connection (IP address 169...).
[Also was able to get 'rsync' to transfer directories between (os6)
systems, using the "local wireless" connection (IP address 10...).]
But my overall impression of mesh support in F11 is that currently
it is "flaky". One system ended up showing a blank screen whenever
F1 (for Neighborhood View) was pressed (went back to normal after
being rebooted). Neighborhood view often showed "invitations to
chat" even half an hour after the inviting system had been shut
down. Some systems connected quickly to the local mesh - others
took many minutes of pulsing to do so. Sometimes not all on-line
systems showed in Neighborhood. It was unpleasant whenever the mesh
icons in Neighborhood stopped accepting clicks - all I could do was
to reboot the system this happened on. [IIRC, one of the ways to
trigger this was to click on the (mesh) Frame icon's 'Disconnect' -
there seemed to be no way to 'Connect' again.]
My personal desire is to *control* what is happening. I realize
that for kids (the primary user target), the more things get done
"hands off", the easier to use the product. But that means that
when things do not go as expected, users can be left helpless. It
was frustrating to see Chat launch but fail to show messages from
others on its screen; it was frustrating to see Neighborhood View
showing the same information as before, when I knew things had
changed; it was frustrating to not be able to "turn mesh back on",
when it appeared to have given up.
p.s. attachment shows some meshbox messages
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