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Sugar Digest
== Sugar Digest ==
1It has been a long time since I last wrote a Sugar Labs community new blog. I got tied up with my day jobs: starting a new design college from scratch and launching a new research center at MIT. Marvin Minsky (And, frankly, I was fond of saying that there is nothing more dangerous than when a roomful bit depressed following the deaths of people all agree with each otherMarvin Minsky and Seymour Papert. We don't ) I have to worry about that in a breather on both fronts and given all of the Sugar community!!! Marvin also observed that "it's very important activity of late, I am inspired to have friends who can solve problems you can't." The diversity of our community is its strengthdo some writing.
Another Marvin quote relevant to our current quest to define ourselves as a community: "Our present culture may be largely shaped by this strange idea of isolating children's thought 1. A footnote from adult thoughtGoogle Code-in 2015. Perhaps the way our culture educates its children better explains why most of us come out as dumb as they doEzequiel Pereira, than it explains how some one of us come out as smart as they do." As Laura Vargas put it recently, the grand-prize recipients from Sugar Labs is was recently acknowledged by Google for discovering a community "where you can learn how to designsecurity bug. He got some nice press, e.g., develop and deploy [https://thenextweb.com/google/2017/08/10/highschool-security-research-google-data/#.tnw_5BETRGWT][https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/08/10/schoolboy_google_bug_bounty_http_host/1]. In one article [http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/google-awards-uruguay-high-quality Free Softwareschool-student-10k-finding/story?id=49249604], he was quoted as saying: "Homework is boring." Within our community, Looking for bugs is fun.” Ezequiel is one of a generation of children and adults are working togetherin Uruguay who grew up with Sugar. It is nice to hear the occasional word about their accomplishments.
2. Sam Parkinson is our new release managerWe just wrapped up Google Code-in and Outreachy 2017. We had 9 interns supported by Google and 1 Outreachy intern. You can read about their accomplishments in their [[Summer_of_Code|blogs] and in the meeting logs [http://meeting.sugarlabs.org/sugar-meeting/meetings] (every Monday from May through August). Sam, Highlights from the summer include a former GCI winner from Australianew, has been responsible for many of the patches easy-to the Sugar toolkit over the past few releases -maintain activity portal and has also been one of our most prelific code reviewersa new www.sugarlabs. Martin Abenteorg, our release manager for the past four releases, has agreed to mentor Sam during the transitionboth going live soon. Tip Also of the hat to Martin note: a new Sugar image for all Raspberry Pi, some new apps, GTK3 ports, a Sugarizer dashboard, and a major overhaul of his contributions and continued supportMusic Blocks.
3. Mariah Noelle Villarreal just got back from Tip of the Google Code-in reunionhat to our mentors: Abhijit Patel, Cristina Del Puerto, Devin Ulibarri, Hrishi Patel, Ignacio Rodriguez, where she represented Sugar Labs. She had a chance to meet Ezequiel and PiotrJosé Argüello, Lionel Laské, Matias Baez, Michaël Ohayon, Samson Goddy, our two winnersSamuel Cantero, and spend time with members of Tony Anderson. Lionel help me administer the other participating projectsprogram again this year. Mariah brought multiple copies of Sugar on a Stick It is nice to hand out and reports note that there was a positive reception, especially among some many of the parents in attendance. She also voiced some disappointment with the degree of awareness of Software Libre among attendees. FWIW, Devin Ulibarri and I mentors are working on a new paper regarding the importance of Software Libre to education. Stay tunedformer GCI participants.
4. I just got back from a trip to SantiagoCristina, ChileMichaël, where I was hosted by and Samson will be representing Sugar Labs at the education division of Fundación Chile. (Cecilia Rodriguez Alcala Garcia, formally of Educa Paraguay, was responsible for my invitation to run some workshops and give a keynote address annual mentor summit at Creo Chile.) The theme of my workshops was programming as a vehicle for engaging Google in critical thinkingOctober. I introduced Turtle Blocks and Music Blocks first to a team of engineers from throughout the foundation, then to an executive group, then to a "hacker" group attending the Creo Chile event, and finally to a group (For those of children and their parents. I was assisted by Andrea Vasquez Garcia, without whom I would you who have been lost. In addition, I participated in a workshop run by a local rap artist, Nelson Bobadilla Alvarado, and an educator, Francisca Petrovich Ursic. We did a collaborative, interactive Music Blocks program, whereby we could programmatically participate in following the performance. A bit crudesaga of Samson's visa, but I learned a lot in the process. My keynote, which I have uploaded am happy to [[File:FchBender2016.pdf]], focused on Sugar and the role of Software Libre in education.say that he was approved!)
In the workshop for executives, 3. I was challenged invited to write represent Sugar Labs at the Plan Ceibal 10th anniversary in Montevideo a Turtle program few months ago. It was great to calculate see children still using Sugar 10 years after the expected value of first deployment in a small school in the number of coin flips required Florida Department. It was also an opportunity to get three heads or three tails in catch up with many old friends and Sugar contributors, including Ignacio, Andres, Alan, Jose Miguel, Guzman, etc. I am not sure if my talk is on line, but I wrote a row. My response can be seen at paper based on the talk which is available for [http://walterbenderwww.githubum.ioes/ead/red/turtleblocksjs54/?file=threeinarowbender.tbpdf download].
One sub-goal of my trip was to seek advice regarding a reference machine for Sugar4. Alas, I was not yet able to get Lionel just announced a definitive answer, as the foundation does not directly distribute hardware and the ministry new release of education has a wide variance in the types Sugarizer (v0.9). See [http://sugarizer.org] for all of machines they distribute. But I hope to get some feedback on this topic in the coming weeksdetails.
While I was in Santiago, Chile defeated Mexico in the Copa América5. I credited James Cameron is working towards the win to release of Sugar (and the Chilean futbol shirt I was wearing)0.111, our first new release in nearly one year. Hopefully it will mean that Sugar will find It is mostly planned as a warn reception in Chilemaintenance release.
56. Google Summer of Code is well underway. Mentors There are writing mid-term evaluations this weekonly a few more days left (15 Sept. Be sure ) to check out register as a candidate for the Sugar Labs oversight board. Please consider joining the great work being done by our interns, including board as we need some fresh voices and perspectives. See [[https://github.comOversight_Board/sugarlabs/edit2017-fonts2019-activitycandidates], [http://vikramahujagsoc] for details.blogspotYou also have until 27 Sept.to register as a member in order to be given a vote in/], [https://githubthe election.com/sugarlabs/sugar-toolkit-gtk3/pull/313#discussion_r63140566], See [http://musicblocks.net/2016/06/13/multiple-rhythm-rulers/], [https:/Sugar_Labs/www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAHUOBJ7fqkMembers], and [https://iamutkarshtiwari.wordpress.com/]for details.
6. On the flight back from Santiago, I wrote a Python script to convert glif files into Turtle Block projects7. (Tip One of the hat to Eli Heuer for providing me some sample glif files.) The results are quite fun (See [http://walterbender.github.io/musicblocks/?file=a.tb]). Next up, a version where each knot and control point is represented by a turtle, and thus first decisions the glyph new board will be editablemaking is whether or not Sugar Labs should apply for GCI 2017=== In I am hopeful that the Community === 7. Gary Stager has written a nice [https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-06-07-as-board will see the-maker-movement-turns-45-gary-stager-pays-tribute-to-m-i-t-computing-pioneer-cynthia-solomon tribute to Cynthia Solomon] in celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Maker Movement. 8. Please join us every 1st Friday merits of the month at UTC 1900 on irc.freenode.net #sugar-meeting. === Tech Talk === 9. Sam has announced the second release leading up to Sugar 0.110. Recent changes include:* James Cameron fixed Gtk 3.6 compatibility program and an edge case with bundle erasure* Utkarsh Tiwari added give a WiFi password visibility toggle* Abhijit Patel added a PopWindow api for sugar toolkit* Sebastian Silva fixed Broadway compatibility for `sugar-activity`* The [http://wikigreen light to apply again this year.sugarlabs.org/go/Features/Tick_based_animation smooth animations feature] landed* Git submodules are now supported by the bundlebuilder* Improved Gtk 3.20 support* Misc bug/interface fixes Sam has been busy updating the [https://developer.sugarlabs.org/sugar3/sugar3.graphics.icon.html API documentation] and is soliciting feedback. AlsoIf we do apply, Sam has updated Fedora [https://copr.fedorainfracloud.org/coprs/samtoday/sugar/ COPR] with the new versions of the Sugar packages. Tarballs I will be looking for sugarmentors, project ideas, sugar-toolkit-gtk3 and sugar-artwork are in the usual places on the download server [http://download.sugarlabs.org/sources/sucrose/glucose/]. 10. Tom Gilliard reports the availability of Sugar spins for Fedora24 ([http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/unofficial/releases/24/x86_64/Fedoraa co-SoaS-Live-x86_64-24-20160614.n.0.iso x86_64], [http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/unofficial/releases/24/i386/Fedora-SoaS-Live-i386-24-20160614.n.0.iso i386]).  === Sugar Labs === 11administrator. Please visit our [http://planet.sugarlabs.org planet]contact me if you are interested.
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