[IAEP] [Sugar-devel] Planning for the future (Samuel Greenfeld)

Bert Freudenberg bert at freudenbergs.de
Wed Feb 25 16:35:52 EST 2015

On 25.02.2015, at 13:22, Nick Doiron <ndoiron at mapmeld.com> wrote:
> I've worked with the project for some time, as a developer, teacher, and teacher-trainer.
> There have been triumphs and setbacks in the past, but I can't escape this observation: when people have a choice, they choose not to use Sugar.  For many schools, they have what was donated and there is no choice. When OLPC started, Android was an independent concept for a feature phone and not a choice for anyone. But if members of our community are talking about a major project in today's world, examine why the wider world isn't using Sugar at the same level that they adopt other edu-tech, like Scratch. Time and time again, local teachers are doing everything we ask, and our true limit is the technology and UX.
> As a developer, I have lost track of which of my activities might run on modern Sugar. I've seen simple UIs and browser-based activities stop working, not because of shaky code, but because dropdown menus got deprecated, or browser embedding was switched out with a different library. There are reasons behind these code changes, like touch-enabled UI, but were these reasons so real?  At the end of all this continuing development, when I use an XO-1 in Haiti, I see the same Sugar that we used in 2011, but with fewer working activities.
> I am interested in the future of Sugar in the same way that I'm interested in the future of television. The next big thing is not a revision of the old, but something very new, something more attuned to the web and open source ecosystem as it exists today.
> -- Nick Doiron


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