[IAEP] [SoaS] Developing the Sugar Learning Platform for OEMs

Walter Bender walter.bender at gmail.com
Fri Dec 15 20:56:41 EST 2017

Sounds like a solid approach to an easier path to installing Sugar. I'll
try testing it this weekend. Thx.

On Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 8:53 PM, Ryan Cunningham <storybox03 at gmail.com>

> Dear Sugar Labs,
> I am Ryan Cunningham, an active user of the Sugar Learning Platform
> (even now as I compose this message!). I have autism and seizure
> disorder and have contributed prior work to Sugar Labs, including
> changes to the "About My Computer" configuration panel to render the
> GNU GPL in a monospace font (because it is a plain text file with a
> 79-character margin).
> According to Red Hat's Brand Standards, Mohandas Gandhi said "First
> they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you
> win." (Though no evidence was found that Gandhi actually said this.)
> This quote inspired Red Hat's journey as a company, from the
> open-source outlier in a Windows 98 world to the provider of
> technology serving as the backbone of many of today's Web sites.
> What if we said the same thing about the journey of Sugar Labs? What
> if Sugar Labs broke through a world of American educational computing
> now dominated by Chrome OS?
> I believe the best way that Sugar Labs can do so is to market its
> software to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). By doing so, the
> Sugar Learning Platform can achieve a wider market share in
> more-developed countries and be accessible to more students, teachers,
> and parents.
> In order to aid with doing so, I am hereby releasing under the GNU
> General Public License, version 3 (or any later version), a script
> (called "Sugar Factory") which will install and configure the Sugar
> Learning Platform to run on any desktop, laptop, notebook, or tablet
> computer in the process of manufacturing or preparation for secondhand
> sale. This script uses a hard-coded partitioning scheme where all
> files reside in the root partition--except, for UEFI-compliant
> systems, a 512-megabyte EFI System Partition will be created at the
> beginning of the disk and mounted at /boot/efi. (GPT partitioning is
> not supported.)
> Original equipment manufacturers that use this script may either flash
> the operating system (which is a modified version of Sugar on a Stick)
> directly to each device, or create an intermediate image and flash
> that (which is a /lot/ faster). Also, they may make whatever
> modifications they desire (or none at all) to the finished operating
> system, and may choose to use the Sugar, Python Powered, and/or Fedora
> Remix logos on the packaging and/or other promotional materials of
> products that contain it.
> I have also attached the license and the output from my last test run
> of this script (which was successful).
> Sincerely,
> Ryan Cunningham
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Walter Bender
Sugar Labs
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