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Can you please detail exactly what Sugar Labs will be developing, versus

Exactly? No. Right now, the Sugar tree is maintained on That is bound to change over time as more vendors start supporting Sugar and more vendor-specific patches are needed. also has a lot of OLPC-XO-specific code that is not Sugar related. The core Sugar developers are developing a ReleaseTeam/Roadmap that OLPC may or may not adhere to. --Walter 10:50, 22 May 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for the clarification. I look forward to the roadmap!

re: usability

I agree with his/her opinion. I really like the concept of Journal system, but at the same time, I found it not so realistic when I'm actually using the write etc. People make mistakes and want to go back or save a version of a paper in a different name just in case you change your mind.

I noticed that in OLPC forum and other places, whenever someone brings up similar functionality issues, others may reply saying "this is for kids! Don't worry about it!". But if you think of it, when you give this to 5th or 6th grader, they will be in a middle school within a few year. If they find the laptop is not practical, what you teach them is "computing sucks", instead of "computing is the way to go!". Of course a few bright kids (i.e. geeks and nerds, but how may were there in your class??) may figure things out to make it better and that may be an achievement for some people's mind, but I don't think that is the focus here.

Other thing I'd like to mention is the speed of XO laptop (I know sugarlabs is not responsible for it). It's not a speed demon in any way. (I'm actually surprised not many people mention this issue...) I don't know it is the case, but if the journal system is using system resources and slowing things down, I'm more than happy to turn it off.

When I first saw OLPC and it's Sugar OS, I thought that "It is just like a LEGO! You can really have fun computing with your imagination!" But in realty, it seems it lacks the flexibility that I really wish that we can give to children...