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Re: Fedora + soccer = Ronaldo-esque technique

On Thu, 2008-05-22 at 12:29 -0800, Jeff Spaleta wrote:
> 2008/5/22 Paul W. Frields <stickster gmail com>:
> > Awesome, the Fedora soccer-playing robots are picking up lots of steam!
> > Matt Asay is a guy who clearly *gets it* -- notice he points out how any
> > "customization" work done by the team, in the form of additional
> > software packages they found upstream, they contributed back into
> > Fedora.  And thanks to our consistent policy of working with upstream,
> > and problems we find or fix can be reported back upstream as well for
> > the entire FOSS community.  Now THAT'S teamwork!
> Robotics is generally going to be a HUGE  PR win for us.  Its simply
> super sexy....its science-fiction meets reality.
> With that in mind, I've tasked myself with trying to get the Lego
> Mindstorm NXT related open source stuff into our distro so we can be
> an open development platform for educators working with the Mindstorm
> platform. FYI, US First is moving to Mindstorms based platform for its
> Tech Challenge competition. If we can get a Mindstorms developmetn
> environment out the door that works with the new 'kit' we have an
> excellent talking about with middle and high school educators who are
> doing robotics in a classroom setting..educators who will be out in
> front in terms of grokking technology...people who could learn to
> appreciate our message and then go on to preach it in their workplace.
> Here's the problem... like usually..I could easily have misjudged my
> ability to get this done on my own. Please, as you talk to people
> about this article... and they express any interest in robotics at
> all.. please bring up the Robotics SIG... and do mention the fact that
> its not just the very specialized robotics we are aiming for.  We do
> have the ability to get support for the Lego Mindstorm system. I'm
> trying to get the open nxt tools into the distro. If the people you
> talk to area Mindstorm NXT owners/fanatics and have done any of the
> advanced Mindstorms programming in NXC or even the proprietary robotc,
> they are potential contributors who are going to do a hell of a lot
> better job than me in the long run at maintaining this stuff.

Blog about this ASAP!

I'll also help push this wherever I can.

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