[Olpc-open] New to the community/ have an application to contribute

Patrick Ethier patrick at secureops.com
Sun Feb 10 12:09:43 EST 2008

Hi All,


I received my G1G1 unit about a month ago and have had tremendous fun
fiddling around with it. My 3 year old daughter loves playing with the paint
application (it's easier than cleaning up the washable marker all over the
floor/table/wall/etc.... J)


I spent a considerable amount of time getting Xephyr to work as an activity
and have written a small activity that gets a window manager working within
an activity window (and yes, the arrow keys work on this one!).


I'd like to know where I go about contributing this code? I've read around on
the wiki but all the instructions seem piecemeal. I've created a wiki
username and was about to add a project page at
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/classic_mode but I was wondering if there's an
established standard to submitting the code to a versioning system (SVN?
CVS?) and creating a project page.


I've also recently come across some other attempts to make a similar
application but they all had glitches. I wasn't able to get back to the
authors to tell them what went wrong and was somewhat disappointed that there
was no other similar projects easily referenced on the wiki.laptop.org page.


I'm referencing specifically work done by Dan Williams from Redhat and
another person named Owen who made an activity called "Classic Mode"
available at http://ywwg.com/wiki/index.php/OLPC_Work. I was hoping to name
the project page on the laptop.org wiki in order to give proper credit to
these guys. My application is very similar except that it uses the activity
toolbar, embeds Xephyr inside the viewable application canvas and the
function keys work. It really does look like it's a Sugar application at this


I'd like to get a page where we can "officialize" the sugar/Xephyr
application and start gathering community feedback.


I'm looking at going beyond the "embed a window manager" into the Sugar
interface to getting an activity framework that will let traditional X11 apps
work inside an activity window without calling a window manager(sort of like
creating a launcher item inside of the Gnome desktop).


Anyhow, any guidance/suggestions are welcome.





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