[Marketing] [Sugar-devel] Marketing to parents...
dave.bauer at gmail.com
Thu Mar 19 19:43:38 EDT 2009
> I'll be happy to repackage the binaries, but I'd rather not start until we
> decide on a virtualization platform.
> It's very important to make these sort of decisions at the beginning,
> because most of the work (IMHO) will be getting the VM software to configure
> properly (as well as legal rights as with redistributing VMWare player if we
> decide to go that route).
> Here's a breakdown of the different popular VM products as I understand:
> - VMWare Player: Robust and popular, but good integration is not
> available in the Free version unless one installs VMWare Server, which,
> while an excellent product, is too complicated for the average user.
> Moreover, it cannot be redistributed until one signs a legal agreement with
> VMWare and waits for it to come back countersigned :(
> - VirtualBox: Again, popular. As with above, for the functionality
> we'll have to use the non-FLOSS edition, but Sun has very liberal use
> agreements and the software can be configured with a great deal of
> simplicity. Has proper desktop integration (resizable windows that
> auto-update the display, pointer integration, USB support, etcetera)
Virtualbox also runs on Windows and OS X. There is likely a signifigant user
base among educators and parents that use OS X. This makes it a good choice
because we can use the same platform on Windows and OS X. Of course, it also
runs on Linux, but Linux users are more accepting or a slightly more
They key to distributing this installer is to make the end result be an icon
on the desktop or in a menu that starts sugar in a window on their desktop
without an confusing extraneous information. I am not sure how realistic
that goal is with current technology we have to work with.
dave at solutiongrove.com
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