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Re: Fedora Developers XO program

On Sat, Feb 7, 2009 at 7:55 PM, David Nalley
<david nalley fedoraproject org> wrote:
> Hi All:
> During and shortly after FUDcon I began talking about ways we can
> increase participation in the Fedora OLPC SIG and get more
> accomplished for OLPC and Sugar.
> As geeks we tend to love and drool over esoteric and fascinating
> hardware and thus the XO presents itself as a nice carrot for
> motivation as well as having practical benefits in the hands of people
> working on the project.
> The week following FUDcon I suggested to Ed and SJ that they let the
> Fedora Ambassadors run the NA Developer XO program for an initial
> period of 6 months for a number of reasons:
> 1. Now their plates are even fuller, and this appears to be way we can
> help offload some of that work.
> 2. The Ambassadors are already in place, going to every major event
> and tons of minor events recruiting contributors to Fedora
> 3. We've had some moderate success getting people involved with both
> Fedora and OLPC/Sugar.
> They decided to take me up on the offer and shipped 100 XOs to us.


> I have set the initial guidelines - but those are subject to the
> guidance of this SIG - you guys are already doing the work, so feel
> free to give guidance or just change the page located:
> https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_developers_XO_program
> Essentially the bar I have arbitrarily set is:
> 1. Maintain a sugar-* package in Fedora and agree to maintain it for
> two releases. Alternately maintain a package that was in OLPC4 and has
> been merged.
> 2. Develop a Sugar activity. To keep this in focus I have adopted
> GDK's 'holy list of 4th grade math lessons' as acceptable activities:
> http://sugarlabs.org/go/User:Gdk/4th_Grade_Maths

Why would a Maths developer need a physical XO? I'm working on such
projects using Sugar packages. Now physics using the Measure activity
(digital oscilloscope)--That's a reason for using actual hardware. I'm
not working on that right now because I don't have an XO.

Well, OK, this is listed on the Maths page, so I'll take it. Along
with Alan Kay and Earth Treasury's other partners.

4.D.1 	 Collect and organize data using observations, measurements,
surveys, or experiments, and identify appropriate ways to display the

See http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Creating_textbooks for an outline and
a list of partners.

> 3. QA - well not really - OLPC has already sent ~75 machines out a few
> months back for people to do QA on - and we hope that those people
> will return to help us, so we aren't actively looking for QA help, but
> if someone with extensive QA experience and lots of time presents
> itself we won't pass it up.
> I really seek your comments and suggestions here - I have 6 months to
> prove that the community can handle and succeed at this program, and
> really I have a larger of goal of wanting the 'holy list' accomplished
> at the end of the 6 months and thus a usable 4th grade math curriculum
> available.

Let's talk about coordinating with the textbook project, and whether
the Fedora Ambassadors and Red Hat itself would like to be listed as

> Thoughts?? Comments?? Flames??

More! MORE!!

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