[olpc-nz] [OLPC-AU] Test request: Scratch and XO freezing

Sridhar Dhanapalan sridhar at laptop.org.au
Sun Oct 17 21:54:24 EDT 2010

Good question, and unfortunately I have no answer. I think Scratch is
the only Smalltalk based activity that we use (we don't use etoys, for
example). Reading between the lines in the correspondence I had about
it, I suspect it's a Scratch-specific bug. We use Scratch enormously,
so making it better is a priority for us :)

On 18 October 2010 12:48, Tim McNamara <mcnamara.tim at gmail.com> wrote:
> Sridhar, do you know if that's an issue with the smalltalk VM or is it
> Scratch specific?
> On Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 2:40 PM, Sridhar Dhanapalan <sridhar at laptop.org.au>
> wrote:
>> Scratch for the XO had a bug that would make it freeze after a few
>> minutes of use. The workaround was to turn off Automatic Power
>> Management, in My Settings.
>> The lead developer, John Maloney, reckons that this is fixed in
>> Scratch 16, but I'd appreciate if some testing could be done.
>> Quoting John:
>> <quote>
>> Give Scratch v16 a try with power management enabled, and let me know
>> if it works. A good test is to start Scratch, play a sound, then wait
>> five or ten minutes. If everything still works okay after ten minutes,
>> the problem is solved.
>> Note: Some people have reported that Scratch keeps the computer from
>> going into power saving mode. It's probably a good idea to quit the
>> Scratch Activity when it is not being used.
>> </quote>
>> Thanks,
>> Sridhar
>> Sridhar Dhanapalan
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