"Believe those who seek the truth, doubt those who find it; doubt all, but do not doubt yourself." (Croyez ceux qui cherchent la vérité, doutez de ceux qui la trouvent; doutez de tout, mais ne doutez pas de vous-même.) -André Gide
It has been a very exciting week. (You may have noticed, I don't often use adverbs, but very was called for given all that has happened this week.)
1. Simon Schampijer announced the release of Sugar 0.98. This is a major milestone for Sugar Labs as it is the first release that takes touch seriously. It also incorporates many improvements to the GTK3 port. The Sugar Developer Team deserves a resounding celebratory cheer of thanks for a their effort. (Note that OLPC has been incorporating Sugar 0.98 in their 13.1 series of builds, available for download here  to run on XO hardware.)
2. Google Code-In  began on Monday. We have 22 mentors , 40 students , and 79 out of 132 tasks already completed . (More tasks are coming on-line soon.) The contest runs for 6 weeks, so it is not too late to sign up as a mentor and to recruit students to participate. Some highlights include new tutorials for Turtle Art, using Sugar in a Virtual Machine, and using Sugar on a Stick; a new feature: load a background image on the home screen; and numerous patches in support of internationalization. Some of the usual suspects are making their usual outstanding contributions, while some new talent is also emerging. Thanks to everyone (mentors, students, and Google) for participating.
3. Sugar Labs is holding its annual election to the oversight board early next month. If you are interested in running for one of the open board seats, open to any community member, please contact me or the membership committee with any questions *before* 7 December.
4. Aleksey Lim announced the Sugar Network 0.7 development release. See Sugar_Network#Try_it for details on how to try it.
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