[IAEP] [Sur] Sugar oversight board meeting

Sean DALY sdaly.be at gmail.com
Mon Nov 4 16:53:41 EST 2013

Gonzalo - I'm sorry, I was unable to attend the SLOBs meeting today.

There are issues with doing PR about the release

* It's not clear to me where we are going. The OLPC/Sugar development
ecosystem seems to be at a crossroads. I am encouraged by the web activity
work, but don't understand the path of transposing the value proposition of
Sugar (interface, Journal, collaboration, Activities) to handheld tactile
devices (tablets to smartphones). PCs (of any size) with keyboards are no
longer competitive with tablets for grade-school classroom use. Perhaps the
XO-4 could still be in the running; there is no clear message from OLPC.

* Our target market, the ten million or so grade-school teachers worldwide,
can't benefit from the release; there are no installers. There are detailed
instructions for using virtualization on the wiki thanks to satellit, and
the consistently good work of probinson on SoaS, but the release itself
won't be news if no one can use it.

For these reasons (as mentioned on the marketing list) an
Activity/pedagogical focus is a safe bet. Unfortunately our Turtle Art Day
PR flopped because publication of the Spanish PR was delayed by two days
(technical bottleneck which I very much hope we will be able to solve). The
PR will however fulfill its role of background for interested journalists (
www.sugarlabs.org/press). I haven't expected any wider press coverage for
some time now, since we don't have any easy-to-try products available and
OLPC's press communications are meant to imply that laptops are out and the
Android tablet is in, leaving Sugar in limbo. An easy installation & use
procedure for Sugar on Android or the Raspberry Pi could have major press
impact, but I don't know how near or far we are from those.

The upcoming TA Days and internationalization work grant will give us ample
opportunity to mention the release, but we need to know where we are going
if we hope to get a message out on that topic.


On Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 12:34 AM, Gonzalo Odiard <gonzalo at laptop.org> wrote:

> One topic to add could be do a PR about our recent sugar 0.100 release.
> Gonzalo
> On Sun, Nov 3, 2013 at 1:12 PM, Walter Bender <walter.bender at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > We have a SLOB meeting scheduled for Monday, 4 November at 9AM EST
> > (2PM GMT). Please join us on irc.freenode.net #sugar-meeting
> > (chat.sugarlabs.org)
> >
> > Tenemos una reunión SLOB programada para el lunes, 4 de noviembre a 09
> > a.m. EST (14:00 GMT). Por favor, únase a nosotros en irc.freenode.net
> > #-sugar-meeting (chat.sugarlabs.org)
> >
> > Topics:
> >
> > (1) election
> > (2) ambassadors
> > (3) tech/learning meetups
> > (4) status of Trip Advisor grant
> > (5) Google Code In
> > (6) your topic here...
> >
> > -walter
> >
> > --
> > Walter Bender
> > Sugar Labs
> > http://www.sugarlabs.org
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