Marketing Team/Events/FOSDEM 2009/Notes

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Pre-conference community meetup

  • Bernie gives an overview of the current state of Sugar Labs:
    • infrastructure (servers, services, etc.) in in place
    • mode of governance has been established
    • getting away from the old mindset (thinking like a company, asking for permission before doing something)
    • show me the code, we will support you but you should do things yourself
    • Sugar Labs is a community not a company
    • more developers are needed
    • people should be pointed to
    • a few thousand dollars have been collected via individual donations
    • no success in getting grants so far
    • Sugar Labs has no employees, should work like the Gnome foundation, people getting paid by companies who want Sugar to suceed
  • in the larger context Sugar Labs should be responsible for high-levels decisions and setting the framework for activities
  • focus on setting up Local Sugar Labs, direct contact to educators and other relevant parties in their respective communities
  • Remora as a central hub for activities (downloads, reviews, etc.); should be available in a couple of weeks
  • Collaboration:
    • (as previously also discussed on the mailing-list) it would be good to have a minimum-level of collaboration in all activities in the form of a view-only mode
    • activities should also declare a max. number of collaborators, any additional users who join are automatically connected in a view-only mode
  • Sugar 0.86:
    • goal is to make Sugar more usable in the classroom and for teachers
    • define a process to help deverlopers in finding what's important in the classroom (participatory design, educator-driven development)
    • announce a call-for-proposals to aid in the collection of ideas, desired features, etc. for the next release
    • end of call in mid-March
    • don't make promises whether these things will be implemented (because most of them won't be!)
  • Sugar 0.84 demo by Tomeu:
    • To-Do:
      • Update FlossManuals and other documentation for the 0.84 release by early March (=>contact FlossManuals folks and others who have previously already contributed to documentation efforts)
      • Maybe make a nice video intro highlighting the new features
    • neighborhood view will only show 40 XOs when connected to an ejabberd server due to the use of collabora-gadget
    • there's a server running at
    • Mesh circle / networks not shown in the neighborhood view anymore, only in the frame
    • the Start menu (currently only accessible via hovering over the center of the homeview) is no accessible from the frame and also the neighborhood view
    • coloured icons in the home-view indicate that the last instance / Journal entry of the respective activity will be launched
    • devices such as removable storage is now also viewable in the frame
    • Journal includes an icon for "favorites-only" search
    • view-source (fn + space) now opens source code for activities in a view-only mode and saves them in the Journal
    • apart from a regular Testing team that mainly looks for bugs there's also a need for a dedicated UI testing effort to evaluate UI changes


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