[Sugar-devel] Add Fedora logo to Sugar

Jonas Smedegaard dr at jones.dk
Sun Dec 7 07:45:00 EST 2008

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On Sun, Dec 07, 2008 at 11:37:57AM +0100, Tomeu Vizoso wrote:
>On Sat, Dec 6, 2008 at 7:02 PM, Ed McNierney <ed at laptop.org> wrote:
>> Tomeu -
>> Hi - thanks for bringing this up.  Trac #8767 covers OLPC's agreement 
>> with Red Hat regarding the identification of OLPC's XO bundled 
>> software.  The proposed identifications are to provide boot-time 
>> "Fedora remix" graphics on the XO.  It says nothing one way or the 
>> other about non-OLPC Sugar distributions that may or may not contain 
>> packages derived from Fedora. This ticket is specific to the XO; 
>> other Sugar distributions should decide what their preferences and 
>> requirements are for various logo/brand identification.  Presumably 
>> those requirements might vary from one distribution to another.
>> I hope this helps - please let me know if there are more questions 
>> about this specific Trac ticket.  Thanks!
>From the OLPC side, I think this is all well clear. Though my question 
>was rather for other distributors of Sugar, in case they wanted to put 
>their brand in Sugar.
>I can see how Debian would like for example to place their logo and
>distro version in the control panel, and I personally think that if
>all distros could agree, would be nice to do so in a way that involves
>just placing some icons and perhaps text files somewhere on disk.

I find it nice that Sugarlabs as upstream care about ways generally for 
distributors to add branding (initiated by specific branding need by one 
distributor (OLPC and its main contributor (Redhat).

  From a distributor point of view it is of course nice to be able to 
advertise/promote itself throughout the system.

  From a user point of view it also makes sense to recognize what 
environment she is working in. I believe, however, that if the 
environment is the same across distros then it is more cunfusing than 
helping to emphasize the distro.

Users might benefit more from emphasizing the initial package collection 
than how it was bootstrapped - e.g. "Peru Sugar", "Sucrose", "Custom 
mix" or something.

The classic unobtrusive place for authors to promote themselves is an 
"About" box. I would find it most elegant if Sugar made it easy for 
distributors to promote themselves similarly unobtrusive.

Distributors can still do whatever branding they want (as long as not 
violating any licenses, trademarks, local laws etc.), but I dislike 
Sugarlabs encouraging too invasive advertising - similarly as I would 
dislike a movie player that made it easy to squeeze in advertisements 
each 5 minutes.

Debian has as a declared goal to serve (not to entertain) its users.

   - Jonas

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