[Etoys] Next Steps for B-Test2 and more

Andreas Raab andreas.raab at gmx.de
Mon Oct 30 21:40:48 EST 2006

Hi Yoshiki -

This list looks like a great start. I agree with all of these topics as 
they correspond to issues that we need to address for one reason or 
another. The two extra issues I'd put on this list are:

* Generic "sensor support" (along the lines of world stethoscope) if 
that makes any sense at all (e.g., if OLPC will have the means to plug 
in cheap sensible sensors)

* OLPC-centric interface, meaning that we need to spend some time 
integrating the OLPC-specific means for opening projects, sharing them 
(both locally and remotely) providing means for data exchange between 
activities etc.

   - Andreas

Yoshiki Ohshima wrote:
>   Hello,
>   Now seems to be a good time (even though the B-Test1 schedule seems
> to be pushing back) to think about the next major items to be
> addressed for B-Test2 (and later) milestones.  Here is rough summary:
>   * Upto one VM instance per machine.  Right now, you can create more
>     than one VMs just by clicking the shooting star icon.  It has some
>     implication in the tactics of "background activity", which Bert
>     asked but I think we didn't get definitive answer.
>   * Address the tickets on the dev.laptop.org.  Some short-term items
>     are listed on the trac system.  Takashi says he is looking at the
>     gettext.  (I'll list some items from Jerome Peace.)
>   * Look and feel adjustment.  OLPC's look is changing.  We need to
>     find a good timing to do it so that we don't end up with doing the
>     same thing not too many times.  This includes, perhaps, move some
>     menu items to OLPC's chrome, change the way that halos work, etc.
>   * Authoring tool for mentoring.  Upon EventPlaybackSpace (or
>     something), a tool that a designer and developers can use should
>     be built.
>   * Contents.  Working with designers to make different tutorial
>     contents built upon the above item.
>   * Voice over machinary.  Hooking a better sound codec than GSMCodec
>     with Squeak.  Ogg Vorbis comes to my mind, but we need to check
>     again with OLPC folks.
>   * Video.  Diego says he updated the V4L2 binding.  We will test it
>     and make sure it works with the camera.
>   * Script shaping.  A reasonable way is to write a text renderer that
>     uses Pango primitives.
>   There can be more...  Some might think that there are items we can
> do for B-Test1, but I think we are now safe to start concentrating on
> the B-Test2.
>   Any suggestions and feedback is welcome.
> -- Yoshiki
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