[IAEP] Getting the message out - take2

Morgan Collett morgan.collett at gmail.com
Mon Jan 19 06:15:48 EST 2009

On Sun, Jan 18, 2009 at 22:06, Bernie Innocenti <bernie at codewiz.org> wrote:
> [cc += iaep@]
> Here's a revised version integrating some feedback from marketing@:
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> Does the world know that Sugar Labs is still 100% committed to support
> Sugar?
> We got nearly zero press coverage lately, and the only message that
> everybody got is that OLPC ditched the development of Sugar, and the
> general mood is pretty negative.
> Perhaps we should be much louder in telling people about a few facts
> that would sound surprising outside our small circle and even within it:
>  - Sugar's development infrastructure is now mostly independent of
>   OLPC, thanks to many generous partners (Ivan, OSL, Free Software
>   Foundation, prgmr.com, MIT Media Lab, Solution Groove, Collabora
>   and Develer);

Solution Grove, not Solution Groove.

>  - For about 3 months now, Sugar Labs has already been taking
>   care of Sugar development with almost no support from OLPC;

(except for contracting developers until recently.)

>  - Sugar has not lost any of its full-time core developers as a
>   consequence of OLPC's layoffs.
>  - All of the core team will stay around as unpaid volunteers
>   while we're looking for new ways to finance their full-time
>   contribution;
>  - Today, development of Sugar and activities relies upon 20 active
>   contributors (we actually have 30 user accounts on sunjammer,
>   but some of them don't count as contributors of any kind);

Perhaps a note about there being many Sugar activities originally
developed for the XO - which, while not actively maintained, are a
good starting point for further activity development.

>  - Over the past few months, we have grown our community with new
>   contributors, new partners and new distributors;
>  - The rate of development seems to be increasing steadily as we
>   consolidate our new community driven development model
>   (we can obtain some support evidence from git);
>  - Through the SFC, Sugar Labs is receiving some very generous
>   support (although we're not yet able to credit individual
>   donors);
>  - While we do not plan to hire a development team within Sugar Labs,
>   we're working to get some of our full-time volunteer contributors
>   sponsored by external organizations;
>  - Red Hat and Solutions Groove are contributing with engineering
>   resources and covering traveling expenses for some of our members;

Solution Grove, not Solutions Groove.

>  - The development cycle is proceeding steadily and 0.84 will be
>   released as planned in March;
>  - We've been working to establish Local Labs, grassroots
>   organizations which, in our mind, will fill up the gap left by
>   OLPC in deployments;
> It's starting to become clear that 0.84 is where we'll prove our
> credibility as a self-sufficient, community-driven project.
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> To the best of my knowledge, all the above corresponds to reality.
> Can anyone spot any factual mistake I should correct, or things
> we'd better avoid saying?  Am I being exaggeratedly positive
> anywhere?
> Anyone who has contacts with local or international press agencies is
> invited to help us deliver this message effectively.

should hit Planet Ubuntu shortly.


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