As you may have already noticed, some days ago (so not an April fools' hoax) appeared a new job posting in the main laptop.org site: User Interface Developer for Sugar. So, if you would like to become part of the core Sugar team and help to deliver a new platform for education, please apply!
What Tomeu Vizoso left out of his note is the change in the platform and software development strategy for OLPC. As a way to beat Microsoft at its own game, Sugar will soon be re-named:
Windows XO: A Child-Centric Operating Platform for Learning, Expression and ExplorationBetter yet, OLPC is re-aligning its developers to be as child-centric as the name suggests. Windows XO will be developed using an innovative One Child Per Programmer (OCPP) process - each developer will be paired with a child from the developing world.
These children will lead the software development process, from use case to bug fix, and in high-profile Activities, approve every line of Python code. Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates was quoted as saying:
"I applaud OLPC's change in strategy. We've been practicing child driven development at Microsoft for years, as evidenced by Steve Ballmer's temper tantrums, and expect Windows XO to be as reliable as our own operating systems"
One Laptop Per Child representatives were not available for comment, citing a need to imagine what they would do if they were Nicholas Negroponte for a day.