[Server-devel] Questions for today

Sebastian Silva sebastian at fuentelibre.org
Sat Aug 10 15:39:16 EDT 2013

Hi Tony,

The people developing the Sugar Network are an international team 
comprising people from different backgrounds.

Sugar Network is not a cloud-based resource. It is an offline / online 
decentralized communication mechanism which runs at three levels 
(everyone seems to love cake charts):


   | network.sugarlabs.org |    // instance runs backend node + frontend 
web service
  / /restful API*/     /     // ability clone + sync entire SN database 
even over USB (sneakernet)
  | optional schoolserver | // instance too, runs backend node + 
frontend web service
/ /same restful API*/   /      // gives access to resources at server or 
central server
| laptop with SN plugin |      // XO clients have special view in sugar 
to access

(*) http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Platform_Team/Sugar_Network/API

The Sugar Network is designed to transport abstract objects across the 
connected/disconnected gap by leveraging schoolservers to concentrate 
user interactions and contributions and providing a workflow for 
synchronization, with or without a central server.

Find information about the (still untested!) design of sneakernet 
functionality at:

At the moment, only XO users are authenticated to the network (using 
sugar's crypto keys). Web users are "demo".

Please try it and let us know how we can improve it, and do join the 
conversation at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/sugar-network 
<https://groups.google.com/forum/#%21forum/sugar-network> (in cc) for 
technical questions.

Best regards,

El 08/08/13 05:40, Tony Anderson escribió:
> Hi, Sebastian
> My concern was email access in deployments which only have access to the
> Internet by taking a usb drive to an internet cafe. I thought that 
> Peru was
> developing such a capability at least for software distribution. The 
> deployments
> I am working with do not have access to the internet and so are unable 
> to use
> cloud-based resources.
> Tony
> On 08/08/2013 11:39 AM, Sebastian Silva wrote:
>> El 06/08/13 08:33, Tony Anderson escribió:
>>> As mentioned, there are server developments at many deployments. 
>>> What would be great is a co-operative team that would work to 
>>> provide capabilities in a way that can be distributed widely. I am 
>>> sure that Peru is working on a method to deliver email via usb drive 
>>> (and internet cafes). I just don't have any visibility in the method 
>>> taken, the technology employed, or whether the development can be 
>>> applicable outside of Peru.
>> We've made a significant effort to have all of our development 
>> visible upstream:
>> http://git.sugarlabs.org/network
>> http://git.sugarlabs.org/platform
>> Also most of our technical and non-technical documentation is in English:
>> http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Sugar_Network
>> http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Platform_Team/Sugar_Network
>> We are server-solution-agnostic and merely provide a set of 
>> specialized services packaged for major distributions at this time. 
>> To take advantage of all Sugar Network capabilities, a patched Sugar 
>> shell is necessary (SN-plugin). It adds a special view to participate 
>> in the Sugar Network.
>> It is interesting that we are specifically trying to tackle the 
>> downstreams/upstream cooperation/distribution issue. Still, we're not 
>> planning to add an email gateway to the Sugar Network at this time, 
>> but expect most communication to happen over the Sugar Network 
>> support forums / knowledge base, which is also accessible using a 
>> regular browser:
>> http://network.sugarlabs.org/
>> Regards,
>> Sebastian

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