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Description

There is a port of Firefox 3.01 to the XO linked from the Activities/All page on our wiki. It has been partly sugarized by C. Scott Ananian. Work still to be done:

  • integrate with journal, so downloaded files "work right" and get launched in the appropriate activity.
  • use proper sugar activity start/stop mechanism so icons in view switcher look right, and URLs can be launched from the journal in firefox.
  • integrate bookmark mechanism with journal, so that bookmarks show up in journal.

Implementation strategy

Most of the tweaks needed to integrate Firefox into the Sugar environment are done via the preferences set in the vendor.js file in firefox. The firefox-activity.py file parses the options sugar gives and translates them into command-line options firefox understands. We install a custom 'Sugar' extension to provide additional Sugar integration features (journal, bookmarks) and perform a few theme tweaks to make sugarized checkboxes lay out properly. The plan is to implement journal via a 'default plugin' that handles all mime types by invoking python code to save them to the journal.

As I implement further sugar integration features, I hope to split the code into multiple independent extensions which can be installed and enabled/disabled separately, so that the sugarized firefox can be customized by the user to fit better into their existing environment. We could also do more extensive theming work to make Firefox better match the designs for Browse; for example, implementing the "page title when not focused" behavior of Browse's location bar, and transforming firefox's traditional menu bar into a sugar-style tabbed button bar. These extensions could be disabled if you prefer the traditional firefox layout.

Installing Adobe Flash in Firefox

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Brief (incomplete) instructions for installing non-free Adobe flash in Firefox:

  • Go to http://www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer in Firefox
  • Under "Select version to download..." pick ".tar.gz for Linux"
  • Click "Agree and install now"
  • Select "Save File" (at some point I hope journal integration will occur here)
  • Close the download manager window when the download is complete with Ctrl-W (erk)
  • Exit Firefox (File->Quit, then "Quit" button)
  • Open the Terminal activity.
  • At the prompt, type: /home/olpc/Activities/Firefox*/install-flash
  • Type 'y' and press enter when requested, then 'n' to decline further installations.

Alternatively, from the terminal application:

ln -s
wget http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.gz
gzip -dc install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.gz | tar xf -
cp libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer.so
ln -s /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer.so /home/olpc/Activities/Firefox-*.activity/plugins/@libflashplayer.so
rm libflashplayer.so
rm install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.gz
exit

Installing Java in Firefox

Brief instructions to install Java in Firefox:

  • Go to http://java.com
  • Click "Free Java Download"
  • Click "Linux (self-extracting file)"
  • Select "Save File" (at some point I hope journal integration will occur here)
  • Close the download manager window when the download is complete with Ctrl-W (erk)
  • Exit Firefox (File->Quit, then "Quit" button)
  • Open the Terminal activity.
  • At its prompt, type ~/Activities/Firefox*/install-java
  • Press Spacebar to scroll through the long license, then they 'yes' and press enter.

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