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What is Sugar on a Stick?

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Sugar on a Stick is a Fedora® Spin Live USB operating system featuring the award-winning Sugar Learning Platform and designed to fit on an ordinary USB thumbdrive ("stick").

It will run on any recent x86-based computer that can boot from a USB stick (check the BIOS settings if it doesn't work straight away). This includes most Windows and Linux PCs and x86 Macs.

You can use SoaS to demo Sugar almost anywhere without disturbing the contents of the computer you use, and if people like what they see, you can install Sugar on a Stick to their hard drives or other sticks from the demo stick.

Version 10, our most recent, is named Sugar on a Stick/10 and was released on 17 December 2013.

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See these detailed installation instructions.

Instructions for a quick demonstration: (English), (en español)

BitTorrent links are available at the Spins download page.

Fedora and the Infinity design logo are trademarks of Red Hat, Inc.

Want to use Sugar on a Stick?

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After you've tried out Sugar on a Stick, we hope you'll come back here and join our community of contributors to help us make the next release even better.

Want to contribute to Sugar on a Stick?

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You're in the right place! This page is a contributors portal to the project, and contains everything you need to get started in becoming part of the Sugar on a Stick community.

New contributors start here!

Welcome! We're excited that you want to help us bring the Sugar Learning Platform to children around the world. No prior experience with computers or educational technology is required - in fact, we actively encourage a diversity of backgrounds, ages, and perspectives. See the Joining Sugar on a Stick page for instructions on how to get started.

What can you do?

There are three main ways you can contribute to the Sugar on a Stick community. We work closely with our upstreams, Sugar Labs and the Fedora Project.

Get Activities on the Stick

We're always looking for help with all aspects of the Sugar on a Stick release process. Here are a few things you can do:

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Get Sticks into Schools

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Deployments all over the world need many different types of help as they work through the Sugar on a Stick deployment process - we need help building resources for all deployments to use, supporting those deployments, and helping new deployments start, as well as gathering stories and feedback from deployments so that we can make the next version of Sugar on a Stick even better.

Some things you can do to help:

  • "It's a wiki: Edit away!" is often said in open source communities. Almost nothing is set in stone and can't be undone. So if you've got ideas how to make instructions clearer and more accessible, just go for it!
  • We produce official documentation such as the Creation Kit or the Customization Guide. If you've an idea how to make them better, why don't you jump in and create a patch? Creating these nifty text files is simple - instructions live in the Documentation SOP.
  • Unofficial documentation for unsupported workarounds for installation and customization need to be edited, tested, and submitted for approval for official support. Check them out and leave comments and improvements; just jump in and edit the page.
  • Interested in starting a deployment or helping a specific one (with anything from pedagogical design to technical support to funding logistics)? Introduce yourself on the deployment lists for Sugar Labs and One Laptop Per Child and we'll get you connected with some teachers on the ground.
  • We're looking for some people to help us assemble tools for our support team to use. Email the Sugar on a Stick mailing list if you're interested.

Get Contributors

Contributors are the lifeblood of the Sugar on a Stick community - we work hard to bring a playful mindset of teaching, learning, and meaningful work to the children we aim to reach, and we aim to keep that mindset in our own work and community as well. Welcoming and teaching new contributors or all types, building the resources they need, and teaching them how to empower others in their turn is one of the most important things you can do; it is everyone's responsibility to help build our community, one person at a time.

Some things you can do:

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What's happening?

Sugar on a Stick/Beta

Sugar Virtual Box Appliances

  • Import into VirtualBox

Contributor stories

To find out what other contributors are doing, check out Planet Sugar Labs, where contributors to Sugar Labs and the Sugar on a Stick project aggregate their blogs. You can also add your own blog to the Planet.

Meetings

Communication through the Sugar on a Stick mailing list has replaced regular meetings.

We once had weekly meetings on IRC - see Sugar on a Stick meetings for more information, including logs from past meetings.

Related work

While the projects listed below are not part of Sugar on a Stick, we watch them closely and try to work with them when possible (or at least we're trying to learn!)

  • For deployments lacking easy Internet access, one can turn a computer into a Sugar on a Stick Creation Station. The Sugar Creation Kit includes the materials you need to create Live USB sticks sticks and to install additional Activities, along with documentation and previous versions of Sugar on a Stick.
  • Older portable Sugar distributions based on other Linux distributions .
  • The undiscoverable is an unofficial FAQ for tips, tricks, and solutions to common problems that may otherwise be tricky to find. These are being considered for inclusion in the official SoaS documentation.

Previous versions and other subpages index

Earlier versions of Sugar on a Stick and other project pages can be reviewed at these pages:
Sugar on a Stick/10Sugar on a Stick/10/hashesSugar on a Stick/Activity Criteria
Sugar on a Stick/Activity Criteria/StatusSugar on a Stick/ArchiveSugar on a Stick/Archive/Virtual machines
Sugar on a Stick/AvocadoSugar on a Stick/Avocado/hashesSugar on a Stick/Beta
Sugar on a Stick/BlueberrySugar on a Stick/Blueberry/ActivitiesSugar on a Stick/Boot
Sugar on a Stick/BugsSugar on a Stick/CoconutSugar on a Stick/Coconut/Virtual machines
Sugar on a Stick/Coconut/hashesSugar on a Stick/ContactsSugar on a Stick/Customization
Sugar on a Stick/Documentation SOPSugar on a Stick/DownloadsSugar on a Stick/E-Books
Sugar on a Stick/EssenceSugar on a Stick/ExploreSugar on a Stick/FAQ
Sugar on a Stick/Getting InvolvedSugar on a Stick/Getting Involved/TestingSugar on a Stick/Goals
Sugar on a Stick/HardwareSugar on a Stick/Installation
Sugar on a Stick/Installation/OLPCSugar on a Stick/Installation/OLPC/lang-esSugar on a Stick/Installation/OLPC/lang-fr
Sugar on a Stick/Installation/VariationsSugar on a Stick/Installation Process
Sugar on a Stick/LinuxSugar on a Stick/Linux/InstallationSugar on a Stick/Linux/Non-compressed Fedora
Sugar on a Stick/Linux/bootable deviceSugar on a Stick/Linux/openSUSESugar on a Stick/Macintosh
Sugar on a Stick/Mango LassiSugar on a Stick/Mango Lassi/Virtual machinesSugar on a Stick/Meetings
Sugar on a Stick/MirabelleSugar on a Stick/Mirabelle/Virtual machinesSugar on a Stick/Pancake page
Sugar on a Stick/PineappleSugar on a Stick/Pineapple/Virtual machinesSugar on a Stick/Pineapple/hashes
Sugar on a Stick/Proceso de instalacionSugar on a Stick/Project sitemapSugar on a Stick/Proposals
Sugar on a Stick/QuandongSugar on a Stick/Quandong/Virtual machinesSugar on a Stick/Quandong/hashes
Sugar on a Stick/ResourcesSugar on a Stick/RoadmapSugar on a Stick/Smoke Test
Sugar on a Stick/Stick LayoutSugar on a Stick/StrawberrySugar on a Stick/Subpages
Sugar on a Stick/Sugar CloneSugar on a Stick/Sugar Clone/lang-es
Sugar on a Stick/TODOSugar on a Stick/USB format
Sugar on a Stick/Virtual machinesSugar on a Stick/Windows
Sugar on a Stick/Windows/lang-esSugar on a Stick/Windows/lang-noSugar on a Stick/ZyX-LiveInstaller
Sugar on a Stick/deja-dup
Sugar on a Stick/lang-esSugar on a Stick/previous versionsSugar on a Stick/sdm
Sugar on a Stick/v7Sugar on a Stick/ʻŌhelo ʻaiSugar on a Stick/ʻŌhelo ʻai/hashes