[IAEP] Any olpc/Sugar/ICT4E people in Spain?

Christoph Derndorfer e0425826 at student.tuwien.ac.at
Tue Mar 22 17:52:10 EDT 2011

If we take a step back I think David's observation really hits the nail
on the head in a broader sense.

While FLOSS solutions don't have the traditional vendor lock-in they do
often seem to come with some sort of platform lock-in (as per David's
example wrt custom educational tools).

Hence for example in the Sugar context I think that the efforts by
Walter and others to get a foot in the door of Argentina's Conectar
Igualdad program early on is vitally important. Two, three years down
the road it would probably take significantly more momentum to get Sugar
accepted in an already established environment.

As we'll probably see several initiatives similar to Conectar Igualdad
in the coming years and it makes sense to reach out to them early on.


Am 22.03.2011 20:36, schrieb David Van Assche:
> While working at guadalinex I seriously pushed to include sugar. 
> Resistance was futile as the Borg might say. You see they have a pretty
> established Linux environment that has many custom educational tools. 
> It is an extremely uphill battle to get them using even a tiny part of
> sugar,  and that coming from an ex-INSIDER.  so good luck.
> Regards
> David
>> On Mar 21, 2011 4:46 PM, "Juan Rafael Fernández García"
>> <jrfern at gmail.com <mailto:jrfern at gmail.com>> wrote:
>> 2011/3/21 Christoph Derndorfer <e0425826 at student.tuwien.ac.at
>> <mailto:e0425826 at student.tuwien.ac.at>>:
>> > Especially given how much Linux is used around
>> > schools in the country and that Latin America is...
>> I'm also surprised that I've seen a bigger OLPC/Sugar community in
>> France than in Spain. I have an explanation, though: PCs with some GNU
>> Linux educational distro are deployed all around Spain, taken care of
>> by the regional authorities, which makes the situation different from
>> the French one (individual or local initiatives) or the Central/South
>> American one (OLPC or similar hardware).
>> Consider the case in Andalusia. All the computers, the thousands of
>> them, are administered and updated remotely - so the operating system
>> has to be the same all around, the network configuration and services,
>> etc. From the Spanish point of view, Sugar running on GNU LInux, as an
>> environment like Squeak, would be more interesting than as an
>> alternative independent approach.
>> IMHO.
>> -- 
>> Juan Rafael Fernández
>> http://people.ofset.org/jrfernandez/

Christoph Derndorfer
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