[Sugar-devel] calling for volunteers (was Re: SOAS 2 problems)
tomeu at tomeuvizoso.net
Tue Feb 2 03:00:13 EST 2010
On Mon, Feb 1, 2010 at 03:11, Michael Hutak <hutak at laptop.org> wrote:
> I think that's a great idea SJ. In my experience in the Pacific, we get no
> requests for shipping with windows and all our engagement with MOE's on
> curricula and software and training surrounds Sugar. I think it wld be great
> to highlight in a series of posts that on the ground we are still literally
> working hand-in-glove.
Michael, thanks for these encouraging words, I'm looking indeed at
working further together.
> cheers, Michael
> On 31 January 2010 15:35, Samuel Klein <meta.sj at gmail.com> wrote:
>> That news blurb was certainly bold... it's also from Fall 2008. It's
>> harder to spread FUD when a couple years of stories of XOs in
>> classrooms involve Sugar.
>> I would like to work together on a series of blog posts about the new
>> Sugar version that will be shipping on the 1.5's. If some of the
>> active develpoers (Tomeu, Chris, one or two developers of new
>> activities?) want to draft their impressions and favorite aspects of
>> the new release, I would be happy to edit and publish the result.
>> On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 5:20 AM, Tomeu Vizoso <tomeu at tomeuvizoso.net>
>> > On Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 00:21, Samuel Klein <meta.sj at gmail.com> wrote:
>> >> On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 4:34 AM, Tomeu Vizoso <tomeu at sugarlabs.org>
>> >> wrote:
>> >>> On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 06:07, Walter Bender <walter.bender at gmail.com>
>> >>> wrote:
>> >>> I think we are looking at a great probortunity here. We have a project
>> >> My mind balks at that word, but I agree with this message
>> >> wholeheartedly.
>> >>> If we are able to learn to make successful calls for help, we will be
>> >>> able to scale up our capacity significantly. We can like it or not,
>> >>> but we depend _a lot_ on volunteers and we need to accept it and
>> >>> operate according to that reality.
>> >> A good point. Is there a page on the slwiki to organize calls for
>> >> help for various projects? (it's not always this sort of call for
>> >> help -- sometimes there are calls for developers from outside groups
>> >> trying to fund activity development as well; or calls for
>> >> field-testers by a group of active developers...)
>> > We have http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Vacancies but that only works, as
>> > it is now, for work that has associated a "position", not for
>> > projects. Should we use the same? Create a different one?
>> > This is very related to Aleksey's proposal for a site that matches
>> > needs with contributors, but I think it's better to start first with a
>> > low-tech solution such as the wiki and move to more sophisticated
>> > means as we learn more.
>> > About where to put the calls, my blog is read by GNOME hackers, I
>> > think OLPC could ask Jonathan Corbet to put a call for kernel
>> > developers, Greg's blog is read by Fedora contributors, what other
>> > outlets we have for calling for specific volunteering opportunities?
>> > As mentioned before, I think it's very important how the need is
>> > expressed, there's a world of difference between saying "we need you
>> > to improve education" and having someone on the field describing how
>> > the volunteer could make a real change on the lives of the people
>> > there. Photos will also help, maybe a video from a rural school in
>> > Africa, etc.
>> >>> And Sugar Labs cannot take this job it alone in part because most of
>> >>> the general public still thinks that OLPC laptops are running Windows.
>> >> We definitely need to remedy this confusion.
>> > I don't think that nor OLPC nor SLs can do much against MS' press
>> > machine:
>> > http://www.scidev.net/en/new-technologies/digital-divide/low-cost-laptops-to-change-from-linux-to-microsoft.html
>> > But if from time to time OLPC's press releases could briefly mention
>> > Sugar, I think it could be great.
>> > Thanks,
>> > Tomeu
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