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Sugar Labs: Past, present, and future

Devin Ulibarri, Walter Bender


Sugar Labs is a community of developers, teachers, and students, all working together on educational free software projects. Everyone learns by doing, contributing, critiquing, and reflecting on their work -- anything from short code created in a visual programming language to a major contribution to a critical project. The Sugar Labs' community has been around and active for more than a decade, it operated as a member organization under the umbrella of Software Freedom Conservancy, and now we are entering an exciting new chapter as its own non-profit. In this talk, we will discuss a little bit of the history of Sugar Labs, what has made it special over the years, and what we expect for the future. We will demonstrate some of our leading learning tools, such as Turtle Blocks, Music Blocks, and the Sugar OS. Lastly, we are open to ideas and questions about our future.


3 years, 7 months ago

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education · young hackers · SugarLabs · Walter Bender · Devin Ulibarri · Free the Future · LibrePlanet conference · LibrePlanet 2020 video · LibrePlanet 2020 · LibrePlanet · lp2020 · video · FSF


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This talk was presented at LibrePlanet.


LibrePlanet is the Free Software Foundation's annual conference. The FSF campaigns for free/libre software, meaning it respects users' freedom and community. We believe that users are entitled to this; all software should be free.


We do not advocate "open source".

That term was coined to reject our views. It refers to similar practices, but usually presented solely as advantageous, without talking of right and wrong.


Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 by announcing development of the free operating system, GNU. By 1992, GNU was nearly operational; one major essential component was lacking, the kernel.


In 1992, Torvalds freed the kernel Linux, which filled the last gap in GNU. Since then, the combined GNU/Linux system has run in millions of computers. Nowadays you can buy a new computer with a totally free GNU/Linux system preinstalled.


The views of the speaker may not represent the Free Software Foundation. The Foundation supports the free software cause and freedom to share, and basic freedoms in the digital domain, but has no position on other political issues.