[IAEP] Lots of Interest in SoaS at CUE

David Farning dfarning at sugarlabs.org
Thu Mar 19 10:35:12 EDT 2009

On Sat, Mar 7, 2009 at 8:35 PM, Caryl Bigenho <cbigenho at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I have an invitation to do a workshop or presentation at the CUE conference
> for Clark CO NV in early May. This is the largest county in Nevada and the
> one Las Vegas is in.  What are the chances SoaS will be ready for "the
> masses" by then?  I could do a BYOL session with it.  Otherwise, I could
> just rework and update my CUE conf presentation according to all the rapidly
> changing technology and policies.

I would like to challenge us to avoid phrases such as 'the masses'
when talking about our user base.  Even though we may 'say' it with
one meaning, others may 'hear' it differently:(

It is Sugar Labs responsibility to create a community and product that
end-users find beneficial enough to chose Sugar over other ways to
spend/invest their time, talents, and money.


> Caryl
>> Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2009 11:21:23 +0100
>> Subject: Re: [IAEP] Lots of Interest in SoaS at CUE
>> From: dfarning at sugarlabs.org
>> To: caroline at solutiongrove.com
>> CC: cbigenho at hotmail.com; iaep at lists.sugarlabs.org
>> On 3/7/09, Caroline Meeks <solutiongrove at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Thanks Caryl!
>> >
>> > When you talk to the tech savvy ones please ask them to help us test it
>> > so
>> > we can get the bugs out and get it "Grannie ready!" There has been
>> > amazing
>> > progress in the last few weeks but I want to keep people excited not
>> > angry
>> > that it doesn't work, so please manage expectations. ;) We need those
>> > tech
>> > savvy people but I don't want educators to try this in their classes
>> > tomorrow, get frustrated, and never try it again. We aren't quite there
>> > yet.
>> I would like to echo Caroline's thoughts. This release is about
>> re-framing the the Sugar brand and Sugar Labs image.
>> Education has a revolution every couple of months... and technology
>> nearly as frequently.
>> Sugar Lab's challenge is to make it past the headlines and into the
>> classroom.
>> Teachers are jaded. Every grad student worth his degree has written a
>> paper about how to improve education by turning current practices on
>> their heads. Every teacher has a closet full of revolutionary
>> teaching materials that is getting dusty.
>> Our first release was about the organization. The creation of Sugar
>> Labs, the teams, and the processes necessary to develop and release
>> great software.
>> Our second release, coming up in a few days, has been about outreach
>> and partnering. The Sugar 'community' has been reaching out to other
>> communities to develop relationships. The most visible is the strong
>> partnership between Fedora and Sugar. Below the radar, Walter is
>> working with SkoleLinux. Tomue and alsroot are working with Mandriva,
>> gdium, and Calix magic. Bernie is sharing much of Sugar Lab's
>> infrastructure with the FSF and OSL.....
>> As hard as it is to admit, a lot of partnerships have not worked out.
>> People have not returned phone calls. Organization have expected, or
>> wanted, more then we are able to deliver--at this time. Sometimes,
>> there have been organizational or philosophical barriers which have
>> inhibited our collaboration.
>> All in all, the rumors of our death have been greatly exaggerated:)
>> As Caryl pointed out, there is great interest in the Sugar product.
>> .84 is looking very, very good. Fedora in particular is stabilizing
>> around a good release.
>> Let's be-careful about overselling Sugar. Let's find those early
>> adopters, open source advocates, and 1 to 1 computing advocates.
>> Let's get Sugar in their hands. Let's get their feedback in the Sugar
>> Lab bugtracker and onto the mailing lists.
>> If we continue on our current trajectory, I have no doubts that by our
>> fall release Sugar will be deployed in School and homes around and the
>> world. By next spring, Sugar Labs, and the ecosystem, will be ready
>> to support large scale deployments across the globe.
>> david

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