[IAEP] Sugar Labs - Good starting position.

Greg Dekoenigsberg gdk at redhat.com
Mon Aug 4 22:04:31 EDT 2008

On Mon, 4 Aug 2008, Sameer Verma wrote:

>> That's not the sense I get here at 1CC.  Can you tell me where this fear
>> comes from?
> Its a perception thing and perception is a powerful concept.  Just ask
> anyone from marketing!
> I got the same sense from people at OSCON a week ago. I saw a total of
> two XOs at the meeting - mine and one at the OSU OSL table. I was a bit
> surprised to see no XOs at all! Upon asking people and chatting on the
> expo floor, I got a sense from many people that "OLPC had abandoned
> FOSS", and so they weren't interested any more!

Well, that's certainly the general fear.  I was at OSCON last week and 
felt the same thing.

> I think its important to change that perception because people who are
> not on the lists don't see the traffic but do remember the media trash
> that flew around back when the "Windows thing" happened.
> How do we improve perception? Visibility and outreach come to mind. In a
> sense, we have to keep the momentum going past the hype cycle. This
> project needs to start permeating across from the "technology" pool to
> the "real world" pool where common folk can grasp and understand its
> value proposition.

Unfortunately, when you lose the mindshare, you have to work doubly hard 
to get it back.  But that's part of what I'm hoping to help figure out 
this week in 1cc.  :)


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