[IAEP] [Sugar-devel] FSF attitude to xo and sugar

Walter Bender walter.bender at gmail.com
Sat Aug 29 09:15:18 EDT 2009

I don't think anyone was suggesting that it is OK to smear OLPC. In
fact, this thread was begun because a number of us are outraged at the
smear campaign that is (presumably) largely a result of ignorance.

That said, OLPC and Sugar Labs are not the same. OLPC makes hardware
and currently distributes Sugar and Fedora on that hardware. Sugar
Labs makes software that runs on many hardware platforms and is
licensed under the GPL. Sugar will always be free.

The community is working hard to ensure that there is always a free
option for the OLPC hardware, since we believe (as does the FSF) that
freedom is fundamental to learning and learning is fundamental to
freedom. I believe that the FSF is aware of these efforts.


On Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 11:57 PM, Paul Fox<pgf at laptop.org> wrote:
> bill wrote:
>  > On Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 4:35 PM, Bastien <bastienguerry at googlemail.com>wrote:
>  >
>  > > After a discussion with the FSF, they agreed the picture was not really
>  > > appropriate and that the text should clearly distinguish OLPC from Sugar.
> i'm confused.  it's okay to smear olpc, but not sugar??
>  > >
>  > > They will make an update - stay tuned.
>  >
>  > the picture is gone but the words are still there:
>  >
>  > > As a result, it is expected that the main effect of the OLPC project -- if
>  > > it succeeds -- will be to turn millions of children into Microsoft
>  > > dependents. That is a negative effect, to the point where the world would be
>  > > better off if the OLPC project had never existed
>  >
>  > still over zealous, purist and FUD
> indeed.
> paul
> =---------------------
>  paul fox, pgf at laptop.org
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Walter Bender
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