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

Tomeu Vizoso tomeu at tomeuvizoso.net
Sun Feb 10 12:23:42 EST 2008

On Sun, 2008-02-10 at 12:09 -0500, Patrick Ethier wrote:
> 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 point.
> 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.

Hi Pat,

some suggestions follow:

Join the sugar mailing list and probably devel too:


If you fancy IRC, join #sugar:


If you want your activity code to be hosted by OLPC, follow this


Create a wiki page for your activity following this template:

Example: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Read

I'm looking forward to your activity.



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