[Sugar-devel] Marketing to parents...

Sameer Verma sverma at sfsu.edu
Thu Mar 19 15:02:47 EDT 2009

I had the opportunity to do a presentation to a group of parents at a
local Montessori school. Some of the parents got back to me and want
to run Sugar at home. After talking to them for a bit, I realized that
the packaging is still difficult for most non-tech people.

1) Many don't know how to boot from USB.
2) Thought BIOS was some extra software they needed to buy.
3) Have a notion that Sugar is yet another title that will install on Windows.

I found that they were so far away from anything technical, that I
really couldn't explain the whole GNU/Linux thing and not scare them

So, in running with #3, I have a suggestion. We package a VM image + a
player into a Windows friendly installer (next, next, next, done.
wizard), which will let parents install the VM as if it were another
Windows software title.

In the mean time, I've agreed to build SoaS for these parents, but
they are wary of something that doesn't somehow show their Windows
desktop while running Sugar.

Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Systems
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132 USA

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