[IAEP] Sugar Online (was Re: http://www-testing.sugarlabs.org/)

Walter Bender walter.bender at gmail.com
Sun Mar 1 23:03:11 EST 2009

On Sun, Mar 1, 2009 at 5:32 AM, Tomeu Vizoso <tomeu at sugarlabs.org> wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 1, 2009 at 10:12, Sean DALY <sdaly.be at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Building a website for kids seems like a great idea to me. An online
>> extension of the Sugar interface could foster interaction between
>> Sugarized schools in a country and even beyond borders. The commitment
>> of choosing a username is not major for an existing Sugar user. And,
>> it could provide curious grownups with a (partial) idea of the Sugar
>> experience.
> This remembers me something that has been in the back of my mind since
> FOSDEM, when Patrick Sinz showed me the custom UI that they have
> designed for the Gdium.
> They use gdesklets to display some widgets in the screen that relate
> to some online activity of the user. Those desklets can display info
> from facebook, gmail, rss feeds of all kinds, etc. The idea being (as
> I understood it) that the gdium is not only the physical device on the
> hands of the user, but also a medium through which sync a global,
> virtual identity with the local, real identity of the user. Of course
> this assumes an internet connection of some reliability.
> This may be related to a global "bulletin board", concept so often
> discussed but still so far from being implemented:
> http://sugarlabs.org/go/DesignTeam/Human_Interface_Guidelines/The_Laptop_Experience/Bulletin_Boards
> What do people think? Accessing, caching and displaying some online
> content inside the Sugar shell instead of only inside Browse seem like
> an idea worth discussing?

Seems like a good idea.

Perhaps we should start a separate thread for this discussion:
building a kids website and/or making Sugar shell more web-friendly
are very different problems from the problem of reaching out to
parents and teachers.


Walter Bender
Sugar Labs

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