[SoaS] Sugar on a Stick Changing Engineering Direction
cbigenho at hotmail.com
Sat Mar 20 02:23:24 EDT 2010
This could result in having, at last, what I have been asking for for over a year now... a stable, easy to use version that I can encourage teachers and others to use. That would be wonderful!
The ideal version would:
Be easy to make either a usb or live cd version for Linux (both Fedora and Ubuntu), Mac, and Windows operating systems... hopefully without the need for a boot helper or virtual box... something the average teacher or parent could create without too much trouble.
On April 24 I will have another chance to distribute SoaS to a fairly large group of teachers and parents at the LAUSD InfoTech event at the LA Convention Center. Is there any possibility that this will be able to happen in time?
P.S. A live cd would be great because we could afford to make some in advance and hand them out at our booth (CUELA).
> Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2010 03:19:00 +0100
> From: sebastian at when.com
> To: soas at lists.sugarlabs.org
> Subject: [SoaS] Sugar on a Stick Changing Engineering Direction
> Some of you may have overheard activity in #sugar-meeting today
> discussing the upcoming beta freeze for SoaS, and the engineering
> capacity we have to work on things for the upcoming release (in May,
> since as a Fedora Spin we are tied to the Fedora release schedule).
> The short version is that we'd like to try something pretty drastic -
> prior SoaS versions have included large numbers of Activities, which
> weren't always maintained and didn't always work, so we propose shipping
> a slimmed down version of SoaS with a small number of known-to-work
> Activities with active upstream maintainers (that we'll have the
> bandwidth to thoroughly test between now and May's release, and the
> bandwidth to relay deployment feedback back up to) and creating
> resources on how to find other excellent material at
> Here's a draft kickstart file of what a slimmed-down SoaS release might
> look like. It includes a few core Activities that will help you get,
> debug, and ask questions about more Activities (Browse, Log, and IRC),
> as well as a few well-tested Activities with active upstreams that we
> think tend to "demo well" for a variety of audiences and contexts
> (young/adult audience, large/small audience, dev/user/teacher audience,
> hands-on-lab/demo-on-projector audience, etc).
> And here's the image it produces - we haven't had time to download and
> test it yet, but are working on that right now, so you may beat us to
> finding out whether it works or not. ;-)
> In comparison, here's the old kickstart file with a large number of
> Activities, and the image it produced - if you try it out, you'll find
> that many of the Activities don't work, the quality of experience is
> inconsistent, and... well, we hope you'll see why we'd like to narrow
> the scope of this release's features to the amount of work we can
> comfortably maintain.
> The rationale behind this is as follows:
> 1. Our ultimate goal is to produce a rock-solid deployment image with a
> wide variety of many Activities with active upstream maintainers, plus
> resources to engage users with those upstream communities and with
> communities of other learners. This was clarified in the earlier Sugar
> on a Stick Mission Statement:
> 2. Since we don't currently have the resources to do this, we think a
> good intermediate step is to produce a rock-solid deployment image with
> a SMALL variety of many Activities with active upstream maintainers,
> plus resources to engage users with those upstream communities and with
> communities of other learners. This sets the bar for both the quality of
> the Activity and maintenance, and the level of interaction that Activity
> upstreams can expect from users.
> 3. Saving a good number of known-to-be-awesome Activities for
> http://activities.sugarlabs.org and creating (kid-tested and
> teacher-tested) resources on how to get stuff from ASLO sets a dynamic
> of experimentation, trying-stuff-out, and user community engagement that
> we want to see.
> We don't know if this is a good idea or not. We think so, and we don't
> have much time to decide as Beta Freeze is this upcoming Tuesday, March
> 23. Feedback? Questions? Comments? Firestorm?
> We'll be tinkering further on this over the weekend - we can do another
> kickstart on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, so we have 3 drafts left to
> figure this out with. Please join us (sdziallas & mchua on #sugar) and
> ask questions if you have any, or join in and help if you have ideas on
> how to improve this.
> --Mel and Sebastian
> PS: We're going to ask more specific questions on the marketing and
> activities lists about this in a moment, for those of you following
> those sections of SL as well - and send a general iaep notification that
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