OLPC News: Conclusions of OLPC Pilot in New York City

David Farning dfarning at sugarlabs.org
Thu Feb 26 10:23:00 EST 2009

On Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 6:55 PM, Sean DALY <sdaly.be at gmail.com> wrote:
> http://www.olpcnews.com/countries/usa/conclusions_of_olpc_pilot_in_n.html
> I have read this report in full and although the user group was small,
> I find the study rigorous and chock full of insights. For example,
> curiosity in the Terminal is much higher than I would have guessed.
> Although the families are a priori not well-off, there is already a
> family computer in almost all students' homes, and after the study
> period responding parents were not dead-set against the suggestion of
> partially paying for the machine. Interesting comparisons with tablets
> and laptop carts/computer labs are made. The study's caveats are
> clearly stated.
> From a marketing point of view however, I note that "Sugar" doesn't
> even register a mention - the Activities are cited of course, but the
> author makes no distinction between the XO and its software;
> apparently unaware that the software can even run outside the XO.

The study is dated June 2008.  Sugar Labs had only been around for a
couple months and our presence in mainstream distributions was pretty

> conclusion that a video output for projector compatibility would
> encourage teacher use could be turned around: Sugar could run on a
> teacher's machine with a video output.
> Awareness of Sugar could be raised at boot-up time, with a Sugar or
> Sugar Labs logo; not necessarily a classic in-your-face splash screen,
> but a helpful reminder of what users are looking at. It's traditional
> after all for an OS to identify itself, often with a version number;
> perhaps an ideal moment to indicate the interface language? (possibly
> useful when booting Sugar on any hardware with a non-qwerty keyboard?)

A challenge here is that Sugar is a user environment running on top of
a existing distribution.  The splash screen general indicates the name
and release of the distribution.

On my ubuntu computer the only branding for the desktop is an 'about
gnome' entry on the systems menu.


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