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Bernie Innocenti

not really me
e-mail: bernie AT codewiz DOT org
IRC: _bernie, hanging on #sugar on FreeNet
Jabber: bernie AT codewiz DOT org (yes, I run my own Jabber server ;-)
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I'm a volunteer working for the Sugar Labs foundation. Before that, I was a full-time volunteer developer at OLPC. My job was hacking on X11, the base Fedora OS, the Linux kernel, some i18n and input work. I have also worked on-site at OLPC deployments in Nepal, Paraguay, Uruguay and Mozambique.

Oversight Board Platform

The open source method is based on participation, not consumption.

To position itself as THE educational environment of the future, Sugar needs to grow a larger user and developer base. This is only possible if we keep growing as a truly community-driven project with its own independent identity.

Goals for Sugar Labs

0. Engage deployments in leading roles within Sugar Labs

1. Further enhance our public-facing web presence and development infrastructure

2. Work with multiple hardware and OS vendors to make Sugar available to the widest-possible user base

3. Foster the creation of companies and groups offering professional Sugar consulting and outsourcing

4. Continue to enroll volunteer community members in key roles of our infrastructure and public relations

5. Raise funding to sponsor developer meetings and our presence at major international events

Anti-goals for Sugar Labs

-1. Hire a large team of software developers – this would end up discouraging outside contributors

-2. Brew a custom OS platform – we work with distributors, we don't compete against them

-3. Let Sugar Labs become unfairly biased towards specific partners – that would undermine our relationships with other partners

-4. Trade project autonomy for funding or support – we're glad to offer our services, not our souls

Personal agenda

Within a few years computers will become central in primary education world-wide. This will stimulate the creation of a new industry of hardware, software, and content for schools. Sugar is currently well positioned: it has greater momentum and several competitive advantages over any proprietary platform on the horizon.

I work with deployments and commercial entities interested in Sugar development. To build local capacity, I'm coordinating small teams of Sugar hackers focused on service and support. Internet is our office. In the future, I'd like to work with hardware vendors with the goal of making Sugar available across all educational platforms.

On openness

Openness will be our greatest and most lasting strength.  If we shy away
from it now it will never return.
 -- Samuel Klein