[Sugar-devel] easier installation of soas

David Farning dfarning at sugarlabs.org
Sun Mar 1 15:41:03 EST 2009

This become an issue of cost effectiveness.  I understand Branded USBs
are on the order of $8 a stick.

The Fedora Ambassadors tried giving away USB keys.  Thye found that
they were not cost effective.  The high cost per unit combined with
the low 'stick rate' made them unfeasible.  I understand everybody who
walked by, grabbed a stick.  After all, who turns down a free USB
stick.  With CDs people who grab one at least have some level of
interest about the product.

This leads me to believe that good old LiveCDs will continue to be our
primary introduction method.  USB keys will be a higher cost method
for higher potential users.

For example: We give a way CDs in our booth at a conference.   We give
away USB sticks as part of Sugar related talks.


2009/3/1 Eben Eliason <eben at laptop.org>:
> As I understand it, this cannot be so simple because it needs to be a
> bootable image, and not just a set of files.  I'd also suspect there's
> partitioning being done (not sure) so that user data can still be
> stored on it as well.
> An alternative proposal (if Sugar Labs is willing to assume the
> overhead involved) is to offer "Sugarsticks" at cost to those who want
> them.  We could even brand them with the sugar logo, perhaps, in its
> variety of colors.  Reducing the barrier to entry like this would make
> it really easy for people to try, and "commercializing" like this
> gives the project a certain credibility; a realness.
> In a way, we could give kids an attachment to their "Sugarstick"
> similar to that of kids to their XOs.
> - Eben
> On Sun, Mar 1, 2009 at 12:27 PM, Tomeu Vizoso <tomeu at sugarlabs.org> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I'm wondering if it may be possible to lower further the barrier for
>> the less technical users that want to download sugar on a stick.
>> Maybe we could offer a .zip for download that can be expanded on a
>> bootable usb stick and just work?
>> Regards,
>> Tomeu
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