Testing Update.1

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As of build candidate-699, activities are no longer bundled with the core build -- they must be installed separately. This page attempts to describe the motivation for the change, and how to get your activities back.


OLPC has many deployments, as well as the G1G1 user community, and can't afford to create a build for each deployment. Instead, OLPC will create a "core build" without activities that allows for easy customization of which resources (activities, content bundles) will be installed alongside it. The mechanism for performing this customization is the Customization key. We will create single step upgrade/customization capabilities as soon as possible to make this even easier for the end user.

I ran olpc-update to an update.1 build; how do I get my activities back?

Download the G1G1 Activity Pack and install it from a USB flash drive.

What's the recommended way to upgrade?

See the corresponding section in the Update.1 release notes.

Upgrading a secure/insecure machine

"Secure" machines without developer keys will boot a customization key at startup without any intervention. "Insecure" machines with a developer key installed require the X game key to be held at boot to boot a customization key.

Which builds are signed, and why does it matter?

There are three streams for update.1 builds -- "update.1", "candidate", and "release". The first is unsigned, the latter two are signed. The workflow is:

  • Update.1 builds are created (for example, "update.1-699"), and if they pass testing such that they're an improvement over previous candidates, they become a signed "candidate" build.
  • Candidate builds are represented in the form "candidate-699", and are our latest proposed final build for a release.
  • Release builds are builds that have been passed to Quanta for installation on new laptops. Notwithstanding an Unscheduled software release, we expect only one of these builds per release cycle.

Creating your own activity pack

(See corresponding section in Activity pack.)

See also

  • The final location of the list of default activities, will appear in :
  • Another future option for installing 'activity pack' bundles, from console use xo-get.