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Debian is a free operating system (OS) for your computer. An operating system is the set of basic programs and utilities that make your computer run. --

In relation to Sugar, Debian is a downstream distribution project that can be used to run Sugar.

Using Sugar 0.110 on Debian

Sugar 0.110 is available in Debian Stretch:

  • install Debian Jessie in the usual way, see,
  • change /etc/apt/sources.list to use the Debian Stretch testing release,
sudo sed -i 's/jessie/stretch/g' /etc/apt/sources.list
  • update the package lists,
sudo apt update
  • upgrade all packages,
sudo apt dist-upgrade
  • install Sugar,
sudo apt install sucrose
  • log out,
  • log in with the Sugar desktop selected.

We use the testing Stretch release because Sugar is not in the current stable Jessie release, as it was not ready; "due to critical issues with collaboration discovered during freeze of the distribution release process". But this has been fixed.

To help avoid this happening again, test early and test often.

Pre-built Images

There are few pre-built Debian images for Sugar, and the tools available in Debian make this easy for any integration or deployment team. There's no need for us to duplicate documentation here.

See also for one method and an image.


Packaging of Sugar on Debian is done by a team:

Sucrose packages are usually updated in the unstable release. These packages migrate to the testing release after a while. You can see the current package versions here.

Those interested in developing Sugar software should visit our developer documentation website.


Derivatives of Debian include:

See Also