Release Status Meeting - 7/1 - Notes - Customers
gregsmitholpc at gmail.com
Tue Jul 8 11:28:42 EDT 2008
Hi Kim, Scott, et al,
In the meeting on 7/1 we (those who joined on time) agreed 8.2.0 is a
time based release intended to include the latest code (e.g. Fedora 9
and New Sugar).
I think it falls in the category of "release early and release often".
I agree that it does not completely address the concerns of our early
customers. The top two customer requests are improvements in touch
pad and collaboration.
I hope we make some progress on them in this release but neither is
a gating factor AFAIK. There are three collaboration tracking items in
http://dev.laptop.org/report/18 so if you can add any specific bugs to
those that will help.
FYI Collaboration is a hot item on the Sur list, again. This time coming
out of Peru. We need to document what collaboration scenarios we support
in a way that the users act on. That goes for 8.1.0, 8.1.1 and 8.2.0.
Unless we deliver important and necessary improvements for Peru and
Uruguay they will skip this one. That's OK as it gives us a chance to
burn it in and then they can pick up the next one.
It can still be a useful release for other customers and for attracting
new customers. I think that's the point Kim is making.
Once I get some links explaining the new features I'll put together some
materials outlining their value for end users. Then we can promote the
release as it stands and see how much demand there is.
These action items were meant to ensure that we communicate our plan
with the key customers and get their response ASAP. We're actively
working on that now.
In any case, this release is almost ready and we need to strike while
the iron is hot!
That's my take after 2.5 weeks on the job :-)
Let me know if you still have concerns.
Kim Quirk wrote:
> My thoughts in-line...
> On Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 6:16 PM, C. Scott Ananian <cscott at laptop.org> wrote:
>> On Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 5:13 PM, Greg Smith <gregsmitholpc at gmail.com>
>>> - Kim will check with Peru and Greg will check with Uruguay teams to
>>> ensure that they do not plan to upgrade to 8.2.0. Action item due by
>>> July 20.
>> Why don't we want them to use 8.2?
> Two reasons for Peru to stay with 8.1:
> 1 - Peru has 'blessed' their build for the next 75k laptops and we got it
> into production for them. It is 703+peru activities (which you knew, but may
> not have thought about the reason we ECO'd it into production was so they
> don't have to upgrade before giving them out to students).
> 2 - Peru has created and printed their User Manuals based on the UI of 8.1.
> We should expect and encourage them to continue on this path. We will
> support 8.1 until we ship 9.1, which should work for them. That's that part
> that I will confirm when I visit them.
> Greg has agreed to check in with Uruguay on where they are in their roll out
> to teachers and students.
>> I suspect some words were left out, and what you really meant was,
>> "their schedules for adopting 8.2 are not pressing"?
>> If we don't expect our two largest deployments to adopt our release,
>> why are we making it?
> KQ - We have many, many more deployments, trials, pilots, possibly G1G1, who
> will be just getting their laptops when 8.2 is ready or soon there after.
> This release is for them.
> Even in the case of G1G1, if those laptops go out with 8.1.1, they can MUCH
> more easily be upgraded to 8.2 than was possible with earlier releases.
>> Something's not right here.
>> Incidentally, on the "blocking bug" front, I notice that Uruguay's
>> wireless problems with 703/708 were nowhere to be found on the roadmap
>> for 8.2. This is a blocker to our producing something useful for "the
> KQ - Do you have a specific bug in mind? Let's make sure it gets listed when
> we start listing/triaging blocking bugs (which I agree we can start doing at
> any time); and make sure it is getting addressed.
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