[Sugar-devel] [IAEP] Getting data about the upgrading older machines and SoaS responsiveness.

David Farning dfarning at sugarlabs.org
Sun Jun 7 14:19:07 EDT 2009

On Sun, Jun 7, 2009 at 12:24 PM, David Van Assche<dvanassche at gmail.com> wrote:
> When it come to older pcs, it really makes sense to try and use LTSP. We
> have created a kiwi-ltsp usb stick for openSUSE, which gives a portable ltsp
> server wherever u plug it in. In most cases it would make sense for this to
> be the most powerful computer. It is as easy as installing the sugar and
> sugar activities meta packages on this usb image and the users on the ltsp
> network then have access to Sugar from any computer in the network, and they
> are bound to load faster than from a usb image. The advantage is u need one
> usb stick per network, as opposed to one for each terminal... that saves
> costs, and time. Also, u dont need any of the old hardware, such as cdrom
> drives, hard drives, etc. Networking and internet is also no issue as if it
> works on the server, it has to work on each of the terminals too...

SoaS is also working on a slightly different issue.

I didn't understand it until Caroline explained it for about the 100th
time yesterday:)

In addition to all the technical hurdles.  Sugar on a Stick is
tackling the _bureaucratic_ issue of installing and running Sugar (or
any software) on systems which one doesn't have admin access.

In many schools it can be difficult to get the authority to install
software or modify the configuration on their computers.  SoaS
circumvents that problem by replacing  'install a new OS' with 'insert
the stick and turn it on.'

The piece that I was _misunderstanding_ was that all of the
technically hurdles that SoaS introduces are worth the ability to
circumvent the bureaucratic hurdles.

FWIW, at least in developed nations.... Once you get the bureaucratic
permission to 'install' Sugar, a client-server configuration is most
palatable to the existing generation of elementary school sysadmins.


> kind Regards,
> David (nubae) Van Assche
> On Sun, Jun 7, 2009 at 5:27 PM, Frederick Grose <fgrose at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Sun, Jun 7, 2009 at 10:07 AM, Caroline Meeks
>> <caroline at solutiongrove.com> wrote:
>>> Let me echo Caryl's question. Do we have a page with tasks for new
>>> volunteers?
>> http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Sugar_on_a_Stick/TODO has been restored and
>> is ready to be updated, perhaps restructured to cover this need.
>>          --Fred
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