OLPC Policies Question Concerning Upgrading Default Installed Software

anthony at evolutionindesignz.com anthony at evolutionindesignz.com
Wed Jan 11 18:17:15 EST 2012

Thank you Chris.

There is a software requirement to use a custom browser rather than the 
default browser. Apart from the fact that XULRunner is highly touted by 
Firefox/Mozilla for building custom browsers(apparently Google Chrome is 
also based on XULRunner), it was also noted that XULRunner is installed 
as one of the default software applications on the OLPC computer.

Everything seems to work fine so long as the OLPC computer is actively 
connected to a network. But once the computer is disconnected from the 
network, version stops functioning correctly. Version 8.0 does 
not have the same problems.

On 11.01.2012 17:55, Chris Ball wrote:
> Hi Anthony,
> On Wed, Jan 11 2012, anthony at evolutionindesignz.com wrote:
>> My name is Anthony, and I am doing some work for a company called
>> Evolution in Design (http://www.evolutionindesignz.com).
> Hm, I still don't understand.  Are you just writing a piece of 
> software
> for a deployment to install on their laptops, or are you managing a
> deployment of laptops to kids?  Which deployment is it?
> If you are just writing a software program, I don't think you should
> modify the base system, because you will break other people's 
> software
> if they use the older version of xulrunner.  It would be better to 
> bundle
> the newer version of xulrunner inside your program, if you need it,
> although that would waste some disk space.
> - Chris.

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