[IAEP] GPA ain't the world

Sean DALY sdaly.be at gmail.com
Sun Aug 16 06:02:08 EDT 2009

Just to clarify, when I spoke of studying a small deployment closely,
I was thinking of both the GPA pilot and any other closely studied
small deployment, which could be anywhere, including Nepal.

Similar findings (e.g. first-time difficulty of quitting Activities?)
in disparate conditions will be beneficial to everyone.

Other findings will not; I expect developed-country schools to face
"gadget competition" issues, where kids compare Sugar to their
Nintendo DS interfaces, or netbook performance to fancy home

I am convinced most if not all large deployments have obtained
feedback and some work in locating contacts and translating documents
will be very beneficial for Sugar. If, of course, the conclusions of
such studies are not trumpeted as "OLPC failure" fodder, but as
information necessary to improve Sugar.

I have experience running IT in infrastructure-challenged environments
and I doff my cap to those who have to struggle just to get a Home
View on a screen in front of a Learner.

I think we can agree that obtaining, triaging, analysing and reporting
feedback from all sources is an important yet undoubtedly difficult


On Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 7:03 AM, Christoph
Derndorfer<e0425826 at student.tuwien.ac.at> wrote:
> David Farning schrieb:
>> And yes, Christoph I _am_ holding your writing to a higher standard.
>> Several times, you have described yourself as the voice of the
>> project.
> David, just for the record: I definitely don't consider myself "the voice"
> of Sugar Labs, that's just ludicrous and I can't remember ever making such a
> claim or acting accordingly.
> At the best of times I might be a voice of many and in this instance I
> decided to raise it to draw attention to the larger global picture that
> we're operating in. Some clearly seem to have understood that intention of
> my message.
> To smooth the ruffled feathers let me reiterate that I think we can learn
> many things from the ongoing efforts at GPA. However we mustn't believe that
> the findings will always be a representative reflection of the issues faced
> by the 1,000,000 other Sugar users around the globe.
> Christoph
> --
> Christoph Derndorfer
> co-editor, olpcnews
> url: www.olpcnews.com
> e-mail: christoph at olpcnews.com

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