One of the key challenges that faces OLPC as an organization is the disconnect between the desired user base (kids using Sugar) and the potential developer base (geeks hacking Linux). It’s a well-understood problem here at 1cc.
My ultimate goal is to be able to run Sugar as my primary desktop environment. In the meantime, though, until Sugar is mature, there’s a strong desire to allow users to run a more standard operating environment on their XOs. In other words, a traditional Linux desktop.
They’ve been given a perilously short timeframe to do it, too.
I just talked with Jim Gettys about this state of affairs this morning, and he has a question for the Fedora community. To wit:
Can we come up with a minimal, kid-friendly Fedora spin that will successfully boot and run on the OLPC, in, oh, say, a week? 🙂
Fedorans… START… YOUR… ENGINES!