[Sugar-devel] The future of Sugar on XO-1s

James Cameron quozl at laptop.org
Fri Apr 1 15:06:42 EDT 2016

Let me spin you a tail.

The myth of forward human development doesn't apply to software.

This is a parade of people, several walking abreast, beside a slow
moving flat bed truck, all holding on to a ribbon.

The truck is the world, and the internet as it stands.

The first person, next to the truck, are our learners or users.

The second person is Sugar Labs; with our activities, and Sugar.

The third person is distributions of Linux, like Fedora and Ubuntu,

The fourth person are the hardware vendors, like commodity suppliers
or OLPC.

The fifth person are the Linux kernel developers.

As the procession walks beside the truck, the ribbon is not always

Some people walk faster than others.  Some let go of the ribbon and
others take their place.

I'm glad you're here, you're bringing a new perspective.

But the ribbon is actually toilet paper, so the pressure to keep up,
while real, doesn't get felt, instead the paper breaks.

Do not target a rapidly diminishing enthusiastic group, or the future
users will suffer.

On Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 11:30:46PM -0400, Dave Crossland wrote:
> Hi
> In the thread '[Sugar-devel] Wanted: Record activity port to GStreamer 0.10'
> today James Cameron <[1]quozl at laptop.org> wrote:
>     for the future of Sugar Labs, they should be concentrating on
>     later designs than one from 2007 that is no longer available and
>     rapidly dying from old age.
> I just got a XO-1, so I wonder about this :)
> Does anyone know (roughly) how many active XO-1 users there are in the world
> today? 
> And how many Sugar-on-a-regular-desktop-or-laptop (via SOAS or distros) users
> there are? 
> I guess Sugar has been developed to always run on XO-1s up to the present date
> - is this true?
> What do people think about sunset planning for Sugar on XO-1s? 
> [2]https://goo.gl/photos/2T4Z3wq3oSuyF9Ns5
> (I got my XO-1 from eBay, fully working, no dead pixels - will run a battery
> life test on it tonight :) The previous owner had installed 0.82.1
> (released 2008-09-30) so I'll try upgrading it to the latest Fedora XO distro
> and Sugar 0.108.0 (the last stable release from last month) over this weekend.)
> Cheers
> Dave
> References:
> [1] mailto:quozl at laptop.org
> [2] https://goo.gl/photos/2T4Z3wq3oSuyF9Ns5

James Cameron

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