OLPC Policies Question Concerning Upgrading Default Installed Software

Gonzalo Odiard gonzalo at laptop.org
Wed Jan 11 20:30:32 EST 2012

On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 11:17 PM, <anthony at evolutionindesignz.com> wrote:

> 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),

No. Google Chrome use webkit.

> 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.

I strongly suggest you look at the Browse activity, and create a new
activity modifying it. You can see also in the hulahop library.

We had problems with every change in the XulRunner version, is not a good
idea change the version provided in the system.


> 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<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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