[OLPC-AU] Browse activity, XO 1.5 and an authenticating proxy server

Sridhar Dhanapalan sridhar at laptop.org.au
Mon Oct 18 01:53:27 EDT 2010

On 18 October 2010 16:09, IanCunningham <ian.cunningham at nt.gov.au> wrote:
> Hi,
> When trying to access the Internet on an XO 1.5 with os852, firmware
> Q3A50 and Browse-108, the Browse activity does not prompt for username
> and password. It Internet site cannot be accessed. The system proxy
> settings have been set in Gnome and Firefox works both in Gnome and
> from the terminal prompt in Sugar. I noted that about:config cannot be
> modified in Browse. We can browse intranet sites which do not require
> a proxy. The same thing occurs with an XO-1 running os852 firmware
> Q2E45 and Browse-108.  Is there a way to show Browse the proxy server
> address?

Hi Ian,

I noticed a change between Browse in os201 and os202. In os201, you
could fully edit about:config, and this was the way to enter proxy
settings. From os202, about:config is read-only, and proxy settings
are derived from gconf (used by GNOME).

If you include the correct proxy authentication details in
gnome-network-properties (you can run this from the terminal; you
don't need to switch to GNOME), can you view sites through the proxy?
What happens if you make them blank/incorrect?

One potential solution I found with Google is to try toggling
network.negotiate-auth.allow-proxies in about:config. But if you can't
edit it then I suppose you can't toggle the option :s


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