[IAEP] First competitor?

Bert Freudenberg bert at freudenbergs.de
Fri Feb 27 08:49:31 EST 2009

I think the only obvious deficiency is the missing frame key. Without  
it Sugar is much less usable.

A second issue is that the UI is designed towards a relatively small  
physical display size. Using the same proportions (say, frame-width-to- 
screen-size ratio) makes it appear bulky on a big screen, adjusting  
the proportions feels like space is being wasted (say, on the home  

Other design decisions don't even work well on the XO, and perhaps  
people just assume it would be better there (like hover palettes).

Possibly "standard PC" also means "standard OS", and we do know that  
currently Sugar works best with the OLPC OS.

- Bert -

On 27.02.2009, at 14:27, Eben Eliason wrote:

> "Sugar is a very good interface for the OLPC computers it was made
> for, but many of the design decisions and interfaces don't work nearly
> as well on standard PCs."
> I'm curious what people think about this statement.  I tend to agree
> that some design decisions were biased toward the XO-1 hardware, but I
> don't think that any of the decisions actually fail on a "standard
> PC", and I actually think Sugar scales pretty well in terms of
> interaction. However, if we can assume their perspective and locate
> some areas which aren't ideal on all hardware, perhaps we can work on
> resolving them.  Anyone have some examples?
> - Eben
> On Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 3:45 AM, Sean DALY <sdaly.be at gmail.com> wrote:
>> It claims to be a standalone home computer environment for kids,  
>> not a
>> classroom environment.
>> On Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 8:29 AM, Bernie Innocenti  
>> <bernie at codewiz.org> wrote:
>>> ,Josh williams wrote:
>>>> Looks like a Microsoft project, they're hosted on IIS and the  
>>>> site is
>>>> written in ASP.
>>> Might also be a bad choice of web hosting provider.  The entire ISO
>>> image contains free software.
>>> --
>>>   // Bernie Innocenti - http://www.codewiz.org/
>>>  \X/  Sugar Labs       - http://www.sugarlabs.org/

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