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openSUSE-Edu-li-f-e-gnome-classic iso, this update include GNOME 3.12, official openSUSE updates till date, and it brings back Sugar.(0.98)


  • Announcement and download links
  • List of included Software


  • Announcement and download links

Gnome Classic edition of openSUSE-Education
  • VirtualBoxOSE r88780 is loaded
Use Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-4.2.18-88780.vbox-extpack for USB
Start VirtualBox and Download Sugar as an appliance:
Updated 05/29/2014
irc freenode is now #suse and #opensuse-edu cycberorg is good contact (India so TZ is important)

Sugar on openSUSE

openSUSE-Li-f-e 12.3

  • Quoted from the webpage:
"openSUSE Education team is proud to present openSUSE-Edu Li-f-e (Linux for Education) based on openSUSE 12.3.
The image is a "hybrid" iso image, the same image can be used to burn a Live DVD or to create a Live USB stick.
This release includes carefully selected software for students, educators as well as parents.
The software selection encompasses everything required to make computers productive for either home or educational use without having to install anything additional.
The Live DVD contains KIWI-LTSP server that can be enabled even by non-technical user, it comes bundled with tons of useful applications from openSUSE Education, Build Service and Packman repositories.
With the KIWI-LTSP server you can PXE(network) boot other PCs to use this live DVD without installing or modifying anything on them. Booting from hard disk again will leave those PCs as they were.
(Please note that running LTSP from Live DVD/USB is meant for demo/testing purpose only, install on the hard disk to use it in production). "


updated links 05/08/2013





VirtualBox Images

Install in VMplayer


  • openSUSE_12.2-sugar 0.96.2
Sugar Desktop 0.96.2
44 activities
  • 2012/9/6 Xin Wang:
I have updated most activities in X11:Sugar.
Some of them failed to start as no updated version is available, namely:
Analyze, Colors!, Connect, FiftyTwo, Mail, View Slides
Some other problems are:
1. DrGeoII failed to start.
2. Cursor in Story Builder does not display properly.
3. Speak runs a bit slow. (not sure if it is a problem)
4. Record failed to record audio.
5. Jukebox failed to play audio.
  • Problem Activities I see:--Satellit 09:45, 9 September 2012 (EDT)
Typing Turtle Does not stop - starts and runs fine
Countries Icon is grey circle - starts and runs fine

dd to USB

  • Not persistent 1GB USB min
  • Note fdisk persistent 2nd partition install (shown below) no longer works.
# dd if=sugar.i686-0.3.0-Build1.2.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=2M
245+1 records in
245+1 records out
514625536 bytes (515 MB) copied, 141.381 s, 3.6 MB/s
  • will install to HD via yast (see below)

Persistent USB image

  • Download:
# xzcat sugar.i686-0.3.0-Build7.5.raw.xz | dd of=/dev/sdb bs=2M
0+239113 records in
0+239113 records out
2241855488 bytes (2.2 GB) copied, 456.509 s, 4.9 MB/s

Install to USB or HD

  • Real install 4GB USB recommended
copies all features from the live CD including user info
su root -c "yast2 live-installer"
  • Use [Tab] key to navigate text based installer
  • gparted of 4 GB USB completed install using yast/Live-installer.

OpenSUSE-sugar-USB - GParted.png


  • Download:
  • Extract files
  • In VirtualBox, create a new virtual machine of openSUSE
Use existing HD
find sugar.i686-0.2.0.vmx and vmdk
  • settings/processor [x] Enable PAE
  • Start
Sugar will come up in Chinese script
Go to My Settings languages
Change language
  • Reboot Sugar

openSUSE-Edu Li-f-e DVD

  • Create multi boot USB stick with whole iso/s on vfat/fat32 partition
run this command as root (su -, not sudo)
  live-fat-stick isopath stickpartition
  live-fat-stick /home/geeko/openSUSE-Edu-li-f-e-12.2-1-i686.iso /dev/sdXY
To add Ubuntu iso to the stick, run the following:
   export distroname=ubuntu
   live-fat-stick /path/to/ubuntu-filename.iso /dev/sdXY
isopath should be full absolute path of iso image and the device should be 
actual partition on the stick like /dev/sdb1, /dev/sdc1,/dev/sdc2...
The stick partition has to be vfat/fat32 format.
run live-fat-stick -l to list the possible usb sticks available.
It is possible to boot multiple iso images from same stick, 
should work with all recent openSUSE or Ubuntu live iso images. 
Liveinstall to USB
  • Boot DVD - choose liveinstall from desktop
  • 15 GB Partiton required and 1 GB Ram.
<cyberorg> IRC #opensuse-edu 09/10/2012:
openSUSE-Edu Li-f-e DVD will have sugar on it, that will be available on sourceforge link [1]
i hope to get it ready in a day or so
li-f-e is 4G stick with sugar, kde, gnome, cinnamon and tons more
sugar can be run on LTSP clients PXE booted off life as well, no need to install anything on the client you get lab full of sugar :)
clients can be any PC/laptop with 512MB ram and lan capable of pxe




  • The following sections will be edited of old information.
  • Most of these versions of openSUSE do not seem to have a working sugar-desktop at this time.--Satellit 13:07, 8 September 2012 (EDT)


openSUSE-Edu-li-f-e-11.4-1-i686.iso Download 08/15/2011
Burning the .iso to DVD:
One Click Install of Sugar NOT WORKING IN 11.4 03/30/2011


openSUSE-Edu-li-f-e-11.3-4-i686.iso Download
11-3 One Click Install of Sugar
Education-Li-f-e with sugar
Wonderful DVD full of programs including sugar but:
Sugar starts but sugar-browse will not start in the 11.3 versions
Surf-115 also will not run
Rolling releases Info:

MATE Desktop

  • "The MATE Desktop provides an intuitive and attractive classic desktop experience for Linux users; MATE is a fork of GNOME2."
  • Also available in fedora 18

openSUSE 11.4 Live GNOME

To Download:Click this link ^
A GNOME desktop you can run from CD or from USB stick.
Can be installed as is (no upgrade).

How to update openSUSE 11.4 to GNOME 3.0

Instructions to read first
32 bit One Click Install Gnome 3.0
64 bit One Click Install Gnome 3.0

One_Click_Install_of_Sugar Tests

openSUSE 11.3
Welcome at openSUSE Education
  • The following work.

Sugar 12.1

One click install


  • Sugar versions in opensuse build systems

Sugar 11.3
  • for VirtualBox Install use Safe Boot option

Sugar-11.3 VirtualBox

  • Appliance of openSUSE-Sugar-11.3
Build: "openSUSE 11.3 (i586)"
Sugar: sugar 0.88.0
Download and import 3 files:
8-GB VirtualBox hard disc
Language is English and English keyboard
USA-Los Angeles (Pacific timezone)
Autologin- user=sugar password=sugaruser
Ready to auto-configure to your hardware on first booting
  • Note 1: Use the latest version of Oracle VM VirtualBox 3.2_3.2.8-64453
       or later some Appliance exports have multiple HD controllers 
       (expanding HD) and earlier Sun VirtualBox 3.1 version does not 
       support them.
  • Note 2: choose /dev/sda2 when prompted to do so on first run

11.3 One Click Install of Sugar (not tested)

Not working yet-IN DEVELOPMENT
satellit 01/25/2011

fcrozat: how do I install it into openSUSE-11.3-GNOME-LiveCD-i686.iso? what commands do I use? I am trying to get a working sugar desktop for a VirtualBox 4 appliance:

In Browser
go to
and click
from your browser
it should add the repo and pull needed packages
then logout
use gdm switcher to start sugar
it will be available there

openSUSE_11.1 (old)
zypper ar oss-main
zypper ar python
zypper ar sugar
zypper refresh
zypper in sugar sugar-activities

"You should now have Sugar available at the login screen or test it by launching sugar-emulator from inside Gnome/KDE." from opeSUSE-EDU sugar wiki


Updated 09/26/2010 (main page)
(See: cyberorg on #irc #sugar #opensuse-edu for details.)
  • SUSE is building and hosting appliances at these sites for downloading.
Live CD
Installation to VirtualBox; VMWare; & Hard Disk
  • Booted USB disk
Sugar (root) terminal:
su -
(non-graphical YaST2 Control Center starts)

add user
  • Booted USB disk
Sugar (root) terminal:
su -
(non-graphical YaST2 Control Center starts)
Security and Users/User and Group Management
Mult-User Sugar Appliance
Add User  ie: Student1, student2
To switch users (Students) log out from Sugar and you are presented
with a list of users to connect to

change networking
  • Booted USB disk
Sugar (root) terminal:
su -
(non-graphical YaST2 Control Center starts)
Network Devices/Network Settings

  [X] Traditional Method with ifup

Prebuilt Sugar Appliances
  • 1.) Oracle VirtualBox Appliance of openSUSE-Sugar-11.3 [1] Uploaded 09/26/2010
download 3 files:openSUSE_sugar.ovf [2] [3]openSUSE-Sugar-11.3.vmdk [[4]
File/IMPORT these Files
8 GB VirtualBox HD
english and english keyboard
USA-LA (Pacific TZ)
Autologin- user=sugar password=sugaruser
Ready to auto-configure to your hardware on first booting.
note choose /dev/sda2 when prompted to do so on first run

  • 2.) Prebuilt VMPlayer.vmx file for Download (in .zip .vmx and.tar.bz2 formats) (.raw format for USB Sticks)
  • Run on VMware Player or VirtualBox after decompressing.

Important, for VMX openSUSE Appliances:

no password req to start
(Clear out name, color, and Sugar Journal contents)
       <sugar terminal>
	rm -rf ~/.sugar
	su -
	shutdown -h now
	restart sugar

when you open this VM Appliance with VMPlayer for first time:
	use "I moved it"
	NO NOT click "I Copied it"
	Doing so generates a 2nd MAC id for the network card and leaves it as eth0
	not configured  (It will not work)
	clearing the /.sugar entity (see above) does not affect Mac address
	Nor does changing the color or name on the sugar control panel.

***** ALSO Do the following Right away after opening sugar for the first time:*****
*<sugar terminal>
	su -
 	Password:xxx (see above)
	yast2 sysconfig
	System>Sysconfig>Enable Sysconfig>(NO)
		(this locks out network reconfig)
	exit, shutdown, restart
 **(This seems to stop the autoconfiguration of openSUSE on restart)**

IF F1 Neighborhood is not connecting:

Try this First to start Network Manager:

  • <sugar terminal>
su -
rcnetwork restart
	(Networking Fix for loss of F1 Neighborhood:)
	<sugar terminal>
	Password:xxx (see above)
	yast2 lan 
	switch to non-Network Manager control
	Delete other network cards 
	configure DHCP 4 with hardware and eth0

once you get networking to work;
	*<sugar terminal>
	su -
	Password:xxx (see above)
	yast2 lan
	select Network Manager
		(change to network manager for wireless configration)
	*<sugar terminal>
	su -
 	Password:xxx (see above)
	yast2 sysconfig
	System>Sysconfig>Enable Sysconfig>(NO)
		(this locks out network reconfig)
	exit, shutdown, restart

Image USB/SD Drives

Newest versions of live .iso can be installed to USB/SD with dd command:
Now 2nd partition can be created with a script:
 *(x)be careful to use correct device or you can wipe your hard disk!
===========unformatted 2 GB USB disk==================
dd if=openSUSE-Sugar.i686-11.2.0-Build2.1.iso of=/dev/sd(x) bs=4M
151+1 records in
151+1 records out
636485632 bytes (636 MB) copied, 86.862 s, 7.3 MB/s

Add 2nd Persistent Partition:

fdisk /dev/sd(x)
The number of cylinders for this disk is set to 1959.
There is nothing wrong with that, but this is larger than 1024,
and could in certain setups cause problems with:
1) software that runs at boot time (e.g., old versions of LILO)
2) booting and partitioning software from other OSs
  (e.g., DOS FDISK, OS/2 FDISK)
Command (m for help): pDisk /dev/sd(x): 2055 MB, 2055019008 bytes
64 heads, 32 sectors/track, 1959 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 2048 * 512 = 1048576 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x3e698287
  Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sd(x)1   *           1         607      621568   83  Linux
Command (m for help): n
Command action
  e   extended
  p   primary partition (1-4)
Partition number (1-4): 2
First cylinder (608-1959, default 608): 
Using default value 608
Last cylinder, +cylinders or +size{K,M,G} (608-1959, default 1959): 
Using default value 1959
Command (m for help): p
Disk /dev/sd(x): 2055 MB, 2055019008 bytes
64 heads, 32 sectors/track, 1959 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 2048 * 512 = 1048576 bytes
 Disk identifier: 0x3e698287
  Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sd(x)1   *           1         607      621568   83  Linux
/dev/sd(x)2             608        1959     1384448   83  Linux
Command (m for help): w
The partition table has been altered!
Calling ioctl() to re-read partition table.
Syncing disks.

raw file with dd command

Latest .raw file:
  • Extract raw file
Unmount the USB first, then from terminal:
 sudo dd if=/home/suse/"myappliance".raw of=/dev/sdb bs=4k
Typical Imaging Session

With raw file on ~/Desktop (BE CERTAIN your USB is sdb (the volume ID). (DO NOT use sdb1, the first partition ID). Change, if different.

XXXX:~/Desktop/$ sudo dd if=openSUSE-Sugar-liveUSB-unstable.i686-0.0.3-Build4.17.raw of=/dev/sdb bs=4k
[sudo] password for XXXX:
 463360+0 records in
 463360+0 records out
1897922560 bytes (1.9 GB) copied, 195.168 s, 9.7 MB/s

References For Advanced Users