Thanks for taking the time to send us these comments. I wish I had more time
at the moment to address some of the issues you raised, but I thought I
should at least respond to your inquiries:
On Wednesday 27 June 2007, Jeffrey Gordon wrote:
> I've been using tuxmath with a 3rd grade class at a private learning center
> on 5 desktops with ubuntu feisty. I've been really happy with the results.
> Last summer I used the version from the ubuntu repository, and found it
> lacking in features. Specifically I wanted to be able to select specific
> lessons on math facts to help my kids in a more individual way. The
> "training academy" options in the current source really help with this
> version and I'm seeing immense improvement in my kids' multiplication
> Anyway, my kids are in love with the program (playing it during recess
That's terrific. I'm really glad to hear its helping, and that they're
> and a few issues have come up with the software:
> 1) Every once in a while, the whole program will just crash. Searching
> through the mailing list archives, I see that this might be an issue with
> fullscreen mode. I'm seeing this. Are there any workarounds? Should I
> just run it --windowed?
Interesting. I haven't seen this recently myself, but I don't doubt it. Just
out of curiosity, which version of SDL are you using? It's most likely to be
a tuxmath-specific issue, but it may be worth knowing.
Running --windowed would definitely help, because then you can kill it. I know
for younger kids there are some advantages in running fullscreen, esp. in
_not_ being able to click outside the window, but hopefully your 3rd graders
will be able to handle the issues that come up. Meanwhile, something for me
to try to look into when I get time.
> 2) In the "training academy" menus, when I click the forward and backward
> arrows, occasionally (about 1 in 10 clicks), clicking on the arrow will
> register as a selection - in other words, it starts the game with whatever
> is highlighted, even though I'm trying to advance a page.
Hmm. I don't know that code as well, but David Bruce might have some insights.
> 3) The "training academy" menus are in no particular order, and, in fact,
> seem to change their order every time I start the program. When I'm trying
> to get 5 computers going, this can be a little tedious scrolling through
> the menus (with the occasional mis-registered clicks on the arrows) to find
> my particular selection.
For me the order is consistent. Which build are you using? I suspect I'm a bit
outdated myself, running revision 140 from back in March. ("svn info"). I
seem to remember David mentioning he fixed a similar issue once..
> 4) I suspect I'm having some privilege issue with my student accounts. The
> game takes over the screen, then bounces me back out. I'm not in front of
> those machines right now, so I can't say what it spits out in the terminal,
> but I'll ask: would you have any idea if the account would have to be in
> some particular group?
I'm not sure how to diagnose that. One likely problem would be if it somehow
can't find the data files in the path. When you build tuxmath, you have to
specify the path to the "data" directory, and perhaps not all computers have
read permission to those directories? Do you have it installed on a server,
and if so, do all client machines see the server's disk with the same
Thanks for letting us know how it's working out!
> Jeffrey Gordon