[Dextrose] Dextrose Roadmap.

David Farning dfarning at gmail.com
Fri Nov 12 13:36:07 EST 2010

The premise behind Dextrose is that OLPC is a NGO based on economies
of scale and Sugar Labs is a community project building a common
platform.  As such, there is a niche for a team of experts to
distribute and support software stacks which meet specific deployment

As with any hard project, we have had our share of false starts and
dead ends:)  As such, communication has not been as clear as it could
be.  In order to make it easier for upstream projects and deployments
to work with Dextrose, I would like to send meeting summaries to
sugar-devel, please let me know if it creates too much noise.  For
Dextrose specific issues there is a mailing list at
http://lists.sugarlabs.org/listinfo/dextrose .

I have attached a project diagram.

'Feedback' will flow up the stack.
Developers will will implement a 'Fix' based on feedback.
AC will distribute and support a 'Finished Product' back down the stack.

AC has hired several full time developers to help facilitate this
process.  These developers will be augmented by contractors hired for
specific tasks.

Sugar-Upstream -- Alsroot and Silbe -- As two of the most senior Sugar
developers.  Alsroot and Silbe focus on upstream development.

Dextrose Development -- Martin(tch) is the lead dextrose developer.
Martin is responsible for overall dextrose development.

Product Manager -- Steven(smparrish) Steven is the product manager.
Steven is responsible for coordinating the needs and requests of
deployment with available developer resources.

Onsite developer -- Anish will be working onsite at ParaguayEduca to
ensure that the needs and requests of the deployment are met.

AC will spend the next 5 months proving that we can add value to the
ecosystem.  After we prove value we will implement a business model
for sustainability.  In general I encourage developers and deployments
to interact with AC on the level which is most comfortable.  Free
end-user download will always be available at
http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Dextrose .

We had our first Dextrose Roadmap meeting this morning.  Logs are
available at http://meeting.sugarlabs.org/sugar-meeting/2010-11-12 .

I hope that AC can become a valuable member of the OLPC/Sugar ecosystem.

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