[Sugar-devel] Introduction and question about introducing Sugar development
steve.dalton at gmail.com
Sun Jun 28 16:33:14 EDT 2009
Thanks Bernie & David
Great pointers.... I'll check them all out.
Yep - I'm on OLPCFriends and I knew about the Adelaide guys - I think
they've done a deployments recently - I'll get in touch with them.
On Sun, Jun 28, 2009 at 11:33 PM, Bernie Innocenti <bernie at codewiz.org>wrote:
> On Fri, 2009-06-26 at 12:53 +1000, Steve Dalton wrote:
> > Just went on IRC channel - but no-one around - so I'll try here.
> The #sugar channel is usually very active.
> This weekend, most Sugar Labbers are in Berlin for the LinuxTag &
> FUDCon, and anyway it was night in Europe and US when you posted this.
> > Steve Dalton here from Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. I'm an
> > experienced developer - mainly C/C++/Java/Groovy - but also dabble
> > with Ruby/Python, just starting out playing with Sugar development
> As you learn your way through Sugar, please let us know what was hard to
> discover or unclear in our documentation, development process or code.
> We need to find out what makes it hard for newcomers to get started to
> lower the bar as much as possible. We go around saying that young kids
> will one day become contributors, so there's a lot of work to do in this
> If sugar-jhbuild defeats you, try my "streamlined" clone. I believe it
> makes things faster and easier, but it's been tested lightly on distros
> other than Fedora 11.
> > I was kindly donated 5 XOs a while back and I have been trying to get
> > a bit of a local OLPC developers group started here in QLD. Have young
> > kids and my (almost) 4 year old is already getting stuck into Sugar
> > and working things out which makes me think you guys are onto
> > something really awesome - I'd love to help in some way.
> Also let us know what parts of the UI work well and which ones don't for
> kids that young.
> > Anyway - one way I think I might be able to stimulate some local
> > activity is by doing some sort of live demo on developing with Sugar.
> > I was hoping to demo something at Barcamp Brisbane next month and
> > possibly something at the OSDC (Open Source Developers Conference) in
> > Brisbane later this year if it works. I have made one of my paper
> > submission for OSDC a Sugar one but It's sitting in my drafts folder
> > until I can be sure I have something that has half a chance of working
> > out (I like jumping in at the deep-end but don't want to make a
> > complete fool of myself).
> Are you aware of the OLPC friends local community in Oz?
> My good friend Joel Stanley from Adelaide (also on this list) was
> planning to start a Local Lab some time ago. You should get in contact
> with him as well.
> > Does anyone have any good suggestions on what to do? I've done the
> > Hello world demo and had a look at some of the activities already
> > developed... but was hoping to do something a little more interesting
> > with some "cool" value to get people interested. Are there any canned
> > demos or tutorials around that anyone can recommend? Might give me
> > some ideas.
> Many others can give you better advice than me on the current status of
> development, but my feeling is that we need to involve more people on
> enhancing existing activities rather than start new ones.
> >From your skill profile, you seem suitable for working on Browse, which
> is xulrunner C++ code wrapped in a Python UI. Caution: it's non-trivial
> code, certainly not recommended for beginners.
> Since you have pre-school kids, you might want to work on enhancing
> Speak. It's currently unmaintained, but very simple and cool IMHO...
> Wouldn't it be awesome if someone grew it into a Speak & Spell activity?
> > Many thanks in advance
> Thanks to *you* for helping!
> // Bernie Innocenti - http://codewiz.org/
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