Features/Sugar Update Control ASLO

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Modify the existing Sugar Update Control to pull from activities.sugarlabs.org


Current status

  • Targeted release: .86
  • Last updated: 15 August 2009
  • Percentage of completion: 100%



Detailed Description

Update enables users to update their installed activities from the Activities Library at activities.sugarlabs.org. Activities.sugarlabs.org is based on the well-established addons.mozilla.org.

Using ASLO the client can request information about updates by sending a URL of the form,


ASLO responds by returning an XML of the form,

 <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
 <RDF:RDF xmlns:RDF="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:em="http://www.mozilla.org/2004/em-rdf#"><RDF:Description about="urn:mozilla:extension:org.laptop.WebActivity">
            <RDF:li resource="urn:mozilla:extension:org.laptop.WebActivity:102"/>

 <RDF:Description about="urn:mozilla:extension:org.laptop.WebActivity:102">

Benefit to Sugar

1. This benefits Sugar by moving the entire activities infrastructure to activities.sugarlabs.org rather than being spread across a wiki and aslo.

2. It reduces activity developer work load by using the established activites.sugarlabs.org upload process to update activities.

3. It reduces and isolates infrastructure load between wiki, activities.sl.o, and download system.

a. ASLO provides all necessary update information in a single network transaction.
b. ASLO is backed by memcache, so standard update pings are very cheap.
c. ASLO can be configured to store and serve downloads from download-farm to ease scaling issues.


Technically the scope is limited. Most of the changes are inside the control panel extension or in ASLO.

There will not be external api changes.

Over the last several months, ASLO has been improving and proving it's reliability. Many activities are being served via ASLO as their information is marked deprecated on wiki.laptop.org. Shifting update to point to ASLO will require clear communication to end users and developers.


How To Test

Features/Sugar Update Control ASLO/Testing

Click on My Settings -> Software update.

Visually verify the "From Version XXX to XXX" is correct for your system by checking what is available on ASLO.

User Experience

The user will be able to check if there are any activity updates that can be fetched and installed.



Contingency Plan

None necessary, revert to previous release behaviour.



Release Notes

As of Sugar 0.86, the only backend is activities.sugarlabs.org. Specifying other servers and update formats are out of scope of this specific feature.

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