[Sugar-devel] State of Sugar?
christoph.derndorfer at gmail.com
Fri Oct 30 16:41:51 EDT 2020
have you looked at Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/)? I've supported two
or three open source developers via it over the years and am finding it a
low-friction way to do that via exactly the kind of monthly
subscriptions/donations that you mention.
On Fri, Oct 30, 2020 at 9:25 PM C. Cossé <ccosse at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I would like to mention that there are probably other people, besides
> myself, who would love to develop their ideas for education software, if
> only there were some way to get paid. I used to make free education
> software back when I had kids and could afford the time. I personally
> still have a list of un-implemented ideas for education software which I'd
> love to work on, but the factor that makes it possible is missing, ie
> money. It wouldn't necessarily be too difficult to modify the Sugar (and
> Sugarizer) eco-systems to promote compensation of developers. For example:
> someone likes a project and wants to encourage further development by
> "putting $500 on it". Or, since that might not happen very often, then
> convert into a "subscription" system in which subscription fees are used to
> compensate developers, perhaps allowing the subscriber choose which
> projects to support. If there are people who want to develop and other
> people who want to support such work, then it could be successful.
> Just sayin' :)
> -Charlie Cosse
> On Fri, Oct 30, 2020 at 3:47 AM Christoph Derndorfer-Medosch <
> christoph.derndorfer at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> a quick thought experiment from another old-timer and long-term lurker
>> James, I think one might also turn your assessment on its head:
>> "The *low number of contributors* to Sugar Labs, Sugar, Sugarizer,
>> and Music Blocks is *due to the focus that we have, and it's unclear*. The
>> relatively *small amount of continued contributions* alone will *not
>> have any real effect on that*.
>> Sugar Labs contributors *will arrive and thrive* if there is a *clear
>> Sugar Labs focus*."
>> Just my 2 euro cents,
>> On Fri, Oct 30, 2020 at 8:53 AM James Cameron <quozl at laptop.org> wrote:
>>> I disagree that the focus has shifted or that it should be shifted
>>> back to what it was. The state of Sugar Labs, Sugar, Sugarizer, and
>>> Music Blocks is due to the contributors we have, and they are too few.
>>> No amount of refocusing will have any real effect on that.
>>> Sugar Labs will thrive if there are contributors.
>>> On Thu, Oct 29, 2020 at 11:40:58PM +0100, Bastien wrote:
>>> > Thanks James.
>>> > So Sugar is maintained by a handful of people but it is not actively
>>> > developed anymore. Sugar Labs puts some efforts in maintaining it but
>>> > does not really know who is still using it. Sugar Labs also hosts the
>>> > Sugarizer project, which is well alive and reaching children at least
>>> > in France.
>>> > I hope this does sound approximatively correct.
>>> > Sugar Labs was all about provoking a change in the way we experience
>>> > education (learning and teaching) through the development of Sugar, as
>>> > a flagship for such a change. This flagship was designed around a few
>>> > core principles and powerful ideas that are still alive and relevant
>>> > today: namely focus, reflection and collaboration.
>>> > I think we all agree these core principles will survive the software.
>>> > What if Sugar Labs focus was not to promote Sugar (which is dying) but
>>> > to help build a network of contributors around these core principles?
>>> > What if we insist on the "Labs" more than on the "Sugar"?
>>> > The Free Software Foundation is saying over and over that children
>>> > should use free software. But building free educational software is
>>> > something very few people are interested in doing seriously, and the
>>> > ones willing to do it by following the aforementioned core principles
>>> > may not want to rely on Sugar or Sugarizer.
>>> > How to help these people?
>>> > You know my love for this project and my commitment to helping OLPC
>>> > back in the times, Sugar Labs community and Sugarizer today. But I
>>> > don't feel the pulse of the Sugar community anymore, and I think that
>>> > may be because the focus is back on the software, rather than on the
>>> > core principles and the people themselves.
>>> > Stated otherwise: if Alan K., Seymour P., Cynthia S. and Walter were
>>> > back again in the same room to discuss the future of education, what
>>> > would they propose? Could Sugar Labs host these new ideas?
>>> > --
>>> > Bastien
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>> Christoph Derndorfer
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