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Revision as of 13:41, 14 June 2010

Comments and Explanations:

  • Point Sugar.Browse default "start new" screen to:
  • "We'll use something slightly different so we don't conflict." pbrobinson

  • instead of sugars's default:


Point the "start new" default Browse start-up page to the page that is downloaded from fedora repository.fedora-bookmarks-13-1.noarch.rpm 5.4 kB


  • Email: satellit@bendbroadband.com

Current status

  • Targeted release: SoaS_v4_Feature
  • Last updated: (06/12/2010)
  • Percentage of completion: 90%


  • Tested on sugar-emulator in f12 (file locations and names may be different in Soas)
  • copied file:///usr/share/bookmarks/default-bookmarks.html to desktop,
  • opened and edited with OooWriter
  • added hyperlinks and saved
  • renamed index.html
  • opened terminal
  • opened modified file
  • saved as file:///usr/share/sugar/activities/Browse.activity/data/index.html
  • Started "sugar-emulator" and Browse as "Start new"
  • took this screenshot:


Change-Browse.activity index.html-to-use-Modified-Browse-html in a live USB

  • In booted USB-soas-i386-20100611.15.iso:
  • In Sugar Terminal;
yum install wget
wget http://people.sugarlabs.org/Tgillard/Modified-Browse.html
cd /home/liveuser
chmod 777 Modified-Browse.html
cp /home/liveuser/Modified-Browse.html /usr/share/sugar/activities/Browse.activity/data/index.html                                                                                                 
[root@localhost ~]# cp /home/liveuser/Modified-Browse.html /usr/share/sugar/activities/Browse.activity/data/index.html
cp: overwrite `/usr/share/sugar/activities/Browse.activity/data/index.html'? y
[root@localhost ~]#  

It worked after this. Browse has a new "Start-New" screen. SUCCESS (06/12/2010)

  • Note: One step farther:
mkdir /usr/share/library-common
cp /usr/share/sugar/activities/Browse.activity/data/index.html usr/share/library-common/index.html
  • Sets up Firefox v 6 .xo (experimental on ASLO) to use the same index.html as Browse uses.
  • On live USB Stick (06/13/2010)

Detailed Description

In a discussion with Peter Robinson last night I discovered that a custom Browse bookmark can be downloaded from the fedora repository. I propose to use this "Feature" to allow a custom set of bookmarts to be maintained that would have a series of links ie: e-books; Floss Manuals; wiki.sugarlabs.org, all of the proposed links to files in SugarCreationKit DVD + The NormalBrowse Google Screen

  • This should be a simple edit in Browse to point to file:///usr/share/bookmarks/default-bookmarks.html instead of file:///usr/share/sugar/activities/Browse.activity/data/index.html.
  • Repointing the default-screen allows us to have fedora supply our revised "Start New" screen ( or maybe several depending on the deployment or schools requirements to Soas v4)

Current Example (see screen-shot above) works well as an Starting Screen

  • Contains the normal Browse links:
  • Home
  • Wiki
  • Bugs
  • Activites
  • plus
  • MENU- which points to an On line Version of the SugarCreationKit DVD, (with all of the links to the sources.)
  1. CLICK THIS LINK TO TEST: http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Sugar_Creation_Kit#INDEX_OF_Soas_Features
  • AND
  • The fedora Personal Toolbar Folder with all of it's links

  • This Modified index-html needs to be customized by fedora and used for the build of the Browse.appliance in the v4 Soas-spin

Benefit to Sugar

A simple enhancement to sugar.browse


  • Edit the Browse activity to point to default-bookmarks.html or some other file specified by fedora

UI Design

Does the feature have a direct impact on the work flow, or does it need a UI? Link here mockups, or add detailed descriptions.

How To Test

In a terminal (the Terminal Activity works):

Move to the folder with the file for the default Browse homepage.

cd /usr/share/sugar/activities/Browse.activity/data

Back up your current Browse start page by renaming it to index.html.bak.

mv index.html index.html.bak

Download the sample index.html file from http://people.sugarlabs.org/Tgillard/Modified-Browse.html

wget http://url/to/index.html

Start the Browse Activity. It should open to a page of custom links, rather than the normal Browse start page. Try clicking on a few links. If they go to the webpages indicated, the feature is working.

To undo your testing and restore the previous Browse default start page, change the filenames back so that the old file is once again named index.html.

mv index.html modified-bookmarks.html
mv index.html.bak index.html

User Experience

If this feature is noticeable by its target audience, how will their experiences change as a result? Describe what they will see or notice.

  • When Browse is started with Start new or for first time, this page will open. Custom content with links to web pages will be displayed.


What other packages (RPMs) depend on this package? Are there changes outside the developers' control on which completion of this feature depends? In other words, does your feature depend on completion of another feature owned by someone else or that you would need to coordinate, which might cause you to be unable to finish on time? Other upstream projects like Python?

  • The advantage is that the Modified default-bookmarks file is updated from fedora in a normal way to Soas and is part of the build of v4

Contingency Plan

Alternate path: edit /usr/share/sugar/activities/Browse.activity/data/index.html. This would allow sugarlabs to maintain the list.

  • the Browse.xo on ASLO would also need to be changed
  • > In this case: the Browse.xo on ASLO would also need to be changed as

> > installed activities seem to be stored in a different location than .xo > > files -(I think)

Nope. This will only be changed in the Browse shipped with SoaS. While ASLO is a resource for SoaS users what resides there is a generic resource used by many. pbrobinson


Is there upstream documentation on this feature, or notes you have written yourself? Has this topic been discussed in the mailing list or during a meeting? Link to that material here so other interested developers can get involved.

  • Discussed with pbrobinson initially and mchua today 06/12/2010 on #sugar-meeting

Release Notes

The Sugar Release Notes inform end-users about what is new in the release. An Example is 0.84/Notes. The release notes also help users know how to deal with platform changes such as ABIs/APIs, configuration or data file formats, or upgrade concerns. If there are any such changes involved in this feature, indicate them here. You can also link to upstream documentation if it satisfies this need. This information forms the basis of the release notes edited by the release team and shipped with the release.

  • not a release in normal sense

Comments and Discussion