First impressions of a new XO user
bernie at codewiz.org
Thu May 24 00:33:04 EDT 2012
a coworker got an old XO-1 and asked me to refurbish it for his kids. So
I asked him to test OLPC-OS 12.1.0 build 11 and report any problems he
ran into. New users can offer a fresh perspective on things that we give
Some of the items below could be turned into trac tickets or wishlist
items (provide a way to kill activities, provide a way to wipe the user
profile, make more activities work in tablet mode...). If you need more
information from the reporter, feel free to contact him directly at
diegolino at google.com.
-------- Forwarded Message --------
From: Diego Puppin <diegolino at google.com>
To: Bernie Innocenti <codewiz at google.com>
Subject: primo bug report
Date: Wed, 23 May 2012 15:24:02 -0400
My older kid (7yr) and I had a lot of fun last with the OLPC. We
played maze, we took pictures and more.
The younger kid (15mo) seemed confused by the lack of a touch screen :-)
- I can't find a way to connect to a network with hidden SSID. I tried
to add my network using Gnome, but I couldn't find a "Connect" button
there. Back to Sugar, the hidden network is still hidden.
- The audio/video system seems unreliable. "Record" takes a long time
to start. When I try to record (audio or video) the success rate is
around 30% - the activity gets stuck. I can leave the activity but it
keeps running in the background (green leds for camera and mike still
on). How can I kill the activity entirely?
- I found a recording in the Journal, but the Play activity failed
with something as "resource busy".
- While playing maze, with some gesture I changed the borders from the
activity-specific border/menus to a different view. The only way out
was the "square" button on top right. What's the gesture in and out of
the activity-specific border/menus?
- Only maze and collapse seem to work in game mode (rotated screen,
use of the joypad). The other activities all requires a mouse. That's
- Is there a way to upload an Epub and use the computer as an
e-reader? Is there a mode where the backlight is off (I heard rumors
- Reliability seems an issue. For a reason or another, I ended up
rebooting every few minutes when I was switching among apps. When I
stuck to play maze, everything was smooth and my kid did a million
runs through the labyrinth. Just out of curiosity, did you install a
beta build, or is it supposed to be stable? I don't mind "dogfooding",
but I would be worried if this is the build going out to the public.
- Is there a way to wipe it and restore to factory? You mentioned
something like that.
_ // Bernie Innocenti
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