[Nepal] Thank you all!
bryan.berry at gmail.com
Wed Apr 23 22:11:55 EDT 2008
Let me clarify,
Should OLPC, Cambridge choose a non-open source path, we (OLE Nepal)
will continue working towards the ideals of OLPC, which means OpenSource
+ Constructionism + Laptops*
I believe that open-source is an essential aspect of the OLPC movement.
If OLPC the organization adopts closed-source software - i.e. Windows
XP, we (OLE Nepal) will continue to work w/ Linux+Sugar
* Durable, inexpensive, kid-friendly laptops. Currently only the XO
satisfies all 3 of these requirements.
Regarding OLPC, OLPC's head of Software and Content, Walter Bender, quit
a couple days ago for undefined reasons. I think one of the primary
reasons is that he is totally burnt out after 3 years of work w/ out a
vacation. He practically lived in the Cambridge office for 3 years.
Nicholas Negroponte wants to expand Sugar to work on other linux distros
and as a GUI on top of XP. I think that porting sugar to other linux
distros is a very important step, however porting Sugar to Windows would
be a waste of resources. I would never load Windows on our XO's because
it is crap.
Here is Negroponte's explanation of OLPC's change in strategy
The sky is not falling. I expect linux+Sugar to continue to develop and
Windows+Sugar will be an annoying distraction that won't go anywhere.
Hope this clarifies some things.
When are you coming back to Kathmandu? Let's meet up when you do. Give
me a call at 98511-04733.
On Thu, 2008-04-24 at 00:00 +0530, Bibek Paudel wrote:
> Sorry for some strange lines that you may read below but because of
> different reasons, I am not updated with the latest happenings in OLPC
> or anything else for that matter.
> What has been going on? What changes in the leadership and
> organization or principle have been taking place?
> I would be glad if someone gave me a pointer to some information.
> While I believe that empowering children and education with modern
> technology is the best way to go, I personally choose to disagree with
> what Bryan wrote, "Should OLPC incorporated choose a non-open source
> path, we will continue working towards the ideals of OLPC." He is
> entitled to his opinions, but the sole driving force of the OLPC
> project has been the fact that it is a free and open platform, using
> free/libre/open softwares and standards.
> Cheers !
> On Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 7:14 PM, Bryan Berry <bryan.berry at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Shankar and Ankur,
> > It has been quite an experience working w/ you over the last two years.
> > Sometimes we have had a rocky relationship but it has been great getting
> > to know you guys. Good luck to you in your future endeavors. I was one
> > of the original founders of OLPC Nepal. I helped guide it from a group
> > of friends to a registered NGO and then national force. While I left
> > OLPC Nepal back in July of 2007 under unhappy circumstances, I am still
> > proud of what we accomplished together.
> > OLE Nepal is still very much committed to the goals of OLPC. We see OLPC
> > as not as a single organization headquartered in Cambridge but an
> > international movement. Should OLPC incorporated choose a non-open
> > source path, we will continue working towards the ideals of OLPC.
> > Anyone interested in working together with us is more than welcome. We
> > have been unable to host community meetings over the last 2 months
> > because we have been simply too busy working on the Bashuki and
> > Bishwamitra pilots. We intend to have community meetings in the coming
> > weeks at our office near Sanepa Chowk.
> > If anyone wants to drop by our office and check out our work in content
> > development, teacher training, networking, etc. pls give me a call at
> > 98511-04733 . I will be very busy over the next several weeks supporting
> > the pilots but will try to make time.
> > Good luck in your future endeavors,
> > Bryan Berry
> > OLE Nepal
> > http://www.olenepal.org
> > On Wed, 2008-04-23 at 19:03 +0545, Shankar Pokharel wrote:
> > > It's been a great experience working all-time with OLPC Nepal for
> > > about 2 years. We got the Government put OLPC in their yearly plans,
> > > raise much awareness about giving children opportunities for a quality
> > > learning experience with a free and open platform etc. We would like
> > > to thank you all for giving me the opportunity to work with you to do
> > > all what we have done, for every support and encouragements.
> > >
> > > With recent developments in OLPC including change in leadership and
> > > organizational structure , which we do not subscribe to, we have
> > > decided to take break from OLPC.
> > >
> > > Our goal remains to create an environment to use free and open
> > > platform and the technology for learning. We hope to continue working
> > > with the great team for this goal.
> > >
> > > Shankar and Ankur (ShAnkur)
> > >
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