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

Dave Crossland dave at lab6.com
Tue Apr 5 07:37:45 EDT 2016

Hi James

On 1 April 2016 at 15:06, James Cameron <quozl at laptop.org> wrote:

> 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
> straight.
> 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.

I'm sorry, I didn't fully understand you here at the last line. You had
said earlier,

>     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.

So you mean, it would be unwise for Sugar Lab's vision/mission/strategy for
the next 3-5 years to focus on supporting the rapidly diminishing (yet
enthusiastic) group of XO owners, and focus on the future users who are not
XO owners?

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