[Sugar-devel] [Marketing] Marketing to parents...

Wade Brainerd wadetb at gmail.com
Thu Mar 19 15:44:19 EDT 2009


A one click installer for Windows should be quite possible to do.  I
set something similar up for the OLPC XO Software
 last year using QEMU:


You could give that to them, but they would be stick using an older
version of Sugar.

Or, if anyone would like to step up to try to do this for SoaS, the
source code to the installer is located at:

There may be some issues installing the QEMU accelerator module under Vista.

Further discussion of the VM topic is here:  http://dev.sugarlabs.org/ticket/114

We are almost there - the SoaS team is producing .vmdk files, we just
need to set up the packaging and testing (and to finally choose a
virtualization software).


On Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 3:02 PM, Sameer Verma <sverma at sfsu.edu> wrote:
> Hi,
> 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
> away!
> 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.
> Sameer
> --
> Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
> Associate Professor of Information Systems
> San Francisco State University
> San Francisco CA 94132 USA
> http://verma.sfsu.edu/
> http://opensource.sfsu.edu/
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