[ubuntu-us-ma] an opportunity in Maine

Walter Bender walter.bender at gmail.com
Fri Jun 26 17:14:23 BST 2009

On Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 12:05 PM, Jordan Mantha<laserjock at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 8:38 AM, Martin Owens<doctormo at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hey Walter,
>> Have you posted this to the Ubuntu motu or Ubuntu Developers Mailing
>> Lists? These are the folks with the right skills to repackage a newer
>> version of Sugar.
> Although resources are kinda low right now, I would also make sure to
> talk to Edubuntu.
>> Although I'll leave it open, we do have a few packers on this list too.
>> Regards, Martin
>> On Fri, 2009-06-26 at 08:23 -0400, Walter Bender wrote:
>>> I have been quite on the list for a while, busy getting some programs
>>> in place. I have two pilot programs at Boston Public Schools this
>>> summer--if any one interested in getting involved, please get in
>>> touch.
> Cool, are they going to be Sugar deployments?

Yes. At an elementary school and a middle school.

>>> But the real opportunity is that there is a movement afoot in Maine to
>>> get netbooks into the hands of elementary-school children as part of
>>> the refresh of the Maine 1-to-1 laptop initiative. They are hoping to
>>> use Ubuntu and Sugar. But the Ubuntu packaging of Sugar is woefully
>>> out of date. Is there anyone on the list who would be willing to work
>>> with them on this?
> Ubuntu was more-or-less waiting for Debian to make a move. Jaunty
> comes with 0.83 which is not ideal but I think we unfortunately got
> caught in all the OLPC/Sugar Labs changes as all of a sudden the
> Ubuntu Sugar Team seemed to disappear. Since Jaunty was released
> though Debian has packaged 0.84 as separate packages. Ubuntu Karmic
> now has the following source packages:
> sugar-0.84
> sugar-artwork-0.84
> sugar-base-0.84
> sugar-datastore-0.84
> sugar-presence-service-0.84
> sugar-toolkit-0.84
> Additionally, Ubuntu has 10 extra Sugar activities that Debian doesn't
> have. I don't know what shape they're in though. So I guess the
> question would be if Sugar 0.84 is a new enough version. If so, the
> packages can be backported to Jaunty either by a PPA (I think Edubuntu
> might be interested in that) or a private/local repo.

0.84 is the right version to package.

We have an activity portal now for loading additional activities:


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Walter Bender
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