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=== upstart-0.3.9-19.olpc4.1 ===
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need to check with dgilmore why we have an old version of upstart
need to check with dgilmore why we have an old version of upstart
=== sugar* ===
In rawhide already, but we need an owner to update them when upstream does releases.
== Joyride Packages ==
== Joyride Packages ==

Revision as of 18:15, 15 January 2009

OLPC Packages for F11


The goal is to make the next release of what was "OLPC 9.1" into a "Fedora 11 release", and to bring the packages outside of the current Fedora process inside of it. If we can get it done by feature freeze on 3/3, so much the better.  :) For background context, see

Koji Packages

The following packages in Koji exist in the OLPC-4 collection but not in the Fedora-devel (Fedora 11) collection. Our job is to integrate them.


Rainbow is broken with the version of GConf in F10 because of the way Rainbow preforks activities. Since preforking is now turned off, we can try to use the GConf that's shipped in F10 and see what happens.


timidity++-patches required, which pulls in PersonalCopy-lite; need to split out SDL_mixer. RHBZ 471623


Minimalized compilation options? The real issue is that abiword was built monolithically in Fedora because we could, and there was no reason not to. For OLPC, a lot of functionality was stripped for space reasons. The goal should be to make Abiword in Fedora be built in a more modular way, allowing users (and derivatives) to pick and choose which chunks are installed.


Forced to fork because it's currently a different distro. When the Fedora fixes are implemented, this package just goes away.


So it appears that maybe the online desktop stuff is using a different (older?) version. We should figure out if anyone inside of RH/Fedora actually cares about maintaining this stuff, and if not, hand it over to OLPC/Sugar folks for maintenance. Otherwise, we need to ask the owner to merge changes in.


Fixed upstream by probinson, built for F10 (pending), should just show up for F11. Confirm and then untag for OLPC-4.


Probably complicated and a bunch of reasons. One big one: OLPC doesn't use GDM to start Sugar. Use Slim instead? ctyler thinks maybe this can be refactored, and will explain how.  :) NEEDINFO.


Just needs to be included in Fedora and untagged. Also in joyride; just need to get latest stuff into F11.


Conflicts with Fedora evince -- need to do more analysis. Unlike abiword issues which involve configuration of code that is all upstream, sugar-evince carries patches that are not upstream. The first problem to solve is to get patches upsteam if possible. If this is hard, we'll figure something else out.  :)

We'll discover soon how hard it is: ;) Tomeu 09:33, 15 January 2009 (UTC)


Pending, but morgs is doing this.


Is a problem with Rainbow: the OLPC version requires changes to dbus+kernel because of socket security issues. We need to make decisions about whether we're going to get these changes upstream, and if not, what our other options are.


Same rainbow problem


Same rainbow problem


Removes deps. scrollkeeper, gnome-desktop, gnome-themes, libglade2-devel, nautilus-devel, lirc, gmyth, tracker, gvfs-fuse


camel dep.


need to check with dgilmore why we have an old version of upstart


In rawhide already, but we need an owner to update them when upstream does releases.

Joyride Packages

The following packages exist in Joyride, but not in Koji -- usually because they are too new and haven't made their way into Koji, or conflict directly with packages in Fedora.


Needs conversion to Fedora packaging guidelines. Existing review request (stalled due to lack of action of the reporter).


Needs conversion to Fedora packaging guidelines. Existing review request (stalled due to lack of action of the reporter).


Needs import and review


Needs import and review


requires squeak


open issues:

  • open firmware (promfs): Need to reevaluate in the context of latest work that has been done on ofw upstream by Dave Miller and Steven Rothwell.
  • gpio driver: eyeball the gpio work that's been done lately to see if it's acceptable, and figure out strategy for going forward if it isn't.


Binary firmware blob -- no policy issue, we just need the latest. Or is there a policy issue?


Library indexing script and HTML templates. Needs import and review.


OLPC strips out a bunch of documentation to save space, and olpc-licenses is provided to put the licenses back for GPL and other license compliance. Long-term fix: fix Fedora to separate docs from license by tagging license as a special flavor of licensedoc. Short-term fix: Spot waves his wand and says "put olpc-licenses into Fedora."


Will we be creating a separate initrd for Fedora? We know that the biggest difference in initrd was the security stuff, which Chris Ball has made clear that OLPC will be dropping. Still need to figure out what needs to be done here.


This is essentially a Python version of sudo. Built to solve the problem of "root password being empty", which is shared by the Fedora Live CD. Current recommendation is to drop olpcsudo, but we need to verify with cjb. (This is C. Scott's package.) (this should be dropped for several reasons -- it's incompatible with "real" sudo, for instance.)


Already packaged in Fedora, just need to check version in joyride vs. Fedora. mstone is maintainer in Fedora, so this should be easy.


See,, and;a=summary; c_scott's work. This depends heavily on infrastructure that may no longer be maintained, since it's a full standalone update mechanism. It updates only activities, and is probably depended upon by . Consult with cjb.


XO Firmware image - developed by Mitch et al, but packaged by cscott as an RPM. See;a=summary, "Sources for the bootfw RPM, which contains the OFW version bundled with a build." Also need to determine whether Fedora policy allows us to import this work into Fedora. Note that this package contains both closed-source, hardware-specific code, and splash screens. (After talking with pgf and cjb, mchua writes: "bootfw consists of two parts; the open-source OFW code, and the closed-source, hardware-specific EC firmware that gets pulled into OFW as a binary blob when it's built. (Note that there's precedent for hardware-specific closed-source bits in Fedora: see random-laptop-wireless-firmware rpms in F11.) Priority on migrating this to F11 is very low, as it this can be a manual step for now, like on This can be revisited at a later date." In other words:

* It looks like we can import this work into Fedora; there is precedence.
* We don't have to do it right now. Ignore and get back to this later.


Forked by Sayamindu to make language packs work. Five lines, but contains OLPC-specific stuff. The fundamental problem: translation happens on a systemwide application level, but activities would like to use gettext to allow activity localization at the user application level. Seems like this should be a problem that everyone is interested in solving. Ask Sayamindu about this.


Same problem as glibc.


Indexing scripts for maintaining OLPC content. Used by olpc-update and needs to be addressed by cjb.


System updater. Updates the system image. Until we understand how we're going to build OLPC images (which we'll learn from cjb), we don't have an answer here.


Waiting for upstream patches. Need to find out if we're using Python 2.6 in F11. BGO 481569 A patch for wakeups.


Waiting for upstream patches. BGO 397544


Waiting for upstream patches.

python & python-libs

Waiting for upstream patches. May be in Python 2.6? RHBZ 475005 A patch for wakeups.


This is a packaging issue, iirc: since squeak is a binary that produces its own source code thru introspection (boggle) it falls out of our traditional packaging guidelines. We need to consider an excpetion thru fesco. gavin r-k was dirving this; we will follow up. Let us produce a source RPM for Spot to puke upon, if puking is required.

Build hacks

Even after all packages are integrated into Fedora, there are likely a few hacks introduced when the OLPC image is built. We will need to identify these, describe them, and eliminate them if possible.