[Marketing] idea for funding /stories
sdaly.be at gmail.com
Wed May 20 04:38:34 EDT 2009
Our hope is that a local Sugar Lab can develop in every country...
although one of us could send a CD this time, we would certainly need
a lot of funding to handle the logistics of mailing to everyone who
wants one. I agree that the Ubuntu model (ShipIt,
http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/shipit-faq) is a great way to bypass
bandwidth limitations, but that model requires very significant
funding (not to mention lots of volunteers to stuff envelopes and
manage order taking, tracking, shipments, customs forms, reporting,
etc). You may recall that Mark Shuttleworth personally financed
Canonical with millions of rand of his own money and placed US $10m in
the Ubuntu Foundation in 2005.
Most African countries, even the poorest ones, have IT firms and
computer-equipped companies, if we can find people in those countries
interested in assisting Sugar Labs we will have a more scalable model.
Canonical is getting a handle on ShipIt costs (which are confidential)
by sending boxes of CDs to Loco teams for local distribution, e.g.
We would need to look long and hard at a decision to do a shipit-like
organization, especially as an ongoing commitment. The speed of Sugar
development means most CDs woud probably be swiftly obsolete. I do
think however that a targeted mailing of branded CDs to journalists
and education ministries/departments would be an excellent promotion
On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 9:47 AM, Marten Vijn <info at martenvijn.nl> wrote:
> >From private conservation:
> A man in africa wants to use Sugar,
> due a slow uplink the download will cost
> 8 hours.
> - gzipping the iso save 10 Mb only.
> Maybe there is a funder interested to
> burn cd and off them to delevoping contries.
> Like ubuntu does.
> kind regards,
> Marten Vijn
> linux 2.0.18 OpenBSD 3.6 FreeBSD 4.6
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