[squeak-dev] etoys web browser plugin on Linux

Gary Dunn garydunnhi at gmail.com
Tue Jul 12 23:37:38 UTC 2011

I have been investigating similar issues for the Open Slate Project.
Many challenges to overcomes, but it is possible.

    o Security
    o Presence, as in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presence_information
    o Version synchronization, dependencies

I have been poking around in Nebraska. Realistically only applicable
in a LAN environment and even then awkward by today's standards, but
not so bad if the goal is to learn how it works -- what is an IP
address, what does it do, where does it come from. In Nebraska you can
share a desktop and have several people access and work on a common

You should look at the OLPC implementation of Etoys. They have
replaced Nebraska with other technology better suited to Internet
usage.  I think it adds XMPP for presence. http://www.squeakland.org/
and http://www.sugarlabs.org/

Good luck!

Gary Dunn

On Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 5:03 AM, Brad Fuller <bradallenfuller at gmail.com> wrote:
> For some reason, I knew it would be you, Bert, who would reply ;-)
> Ok, I'll look again for what you suggested later today. Thanks !
> But, while I'm on the subject: Maybe there's a better way than the
> plugin for my needs.  I'm looking for the best way(s) to have
> applications be "connected" to other people (not locally). What does
> "connected" mean? I don't know exactly, yet. I'm still in the early
> stages of writing the proposal. I know the apps will be
> interactive/exploratory "modules" for educational subjects. But I
> would like a major portion of their facility to share ideas among
> others with the same modules, get input from remote instructors (and
> hopefully to receive code updates.) I thought maybe it could be just
> an AJAX-type web service where everything could be done from the
> backend server. But, it seems a better approach would be to use the
> power of a local application that is "connected" or has "access" to
> the other remote applications.
> Smalltalk is not a requirement, but it seems to be a no-brainer when
> it comes to quickly prototyping on multiple platforms.
> Any direction is most humbly welcomed
> brad
> On Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 02:29, Bert Freudenberg <bert at freudenbergs.de> wrote:
>> On 12.07.2011, at 03:05, Brad Fuller wrote:
>>> Hey all,
>>> Does the etoys/squeak web browser plugin still work?
>> It should.
>>> If so, where do I get it and how to I install?
>> In theory it should just work after installing Etoys. Also in theory, theory and practice are the same.
>>> Specifically, I'm running Ubuntu at the moment, but would like it to
>>> work on other platforms as well. I've "installed" the debian packages
>>> of etoys, but that doesn't seem to contain the plugin.
>> The plugin should be in /usr/lib/squeak/<version>, called npsqueak.so. There should be a script "npsqueakregister" in /usr/lib/squeak. That script should have been run by the installer. It should have placed a symlink to npsqueak.so in the browser's plugins directory. The plugin should be listed in Firefox's "about:plugins" (possibly after restarting the browser).
>> Would be interesting to know which of these steps failed.
>> If you can't make it work, there is an unofficial way of making Etoys-To-Go work as a plugin. For that, download Etoys-To-Go from http://squeakland.org/ , unzip in your home directory, and run the Contents/Linux-i686/npetoysregister script.
>> - Bert -

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