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Send us your Thoughts

Try our community-powered support site, http://getsatisfaction.com/sugarlabs, or send e-mail to feedback@sugarlabs.org or iaep@lists.sugarlabs.org, our "It's an Education Project" mailing list.

Help with Project Design

See Sugar on a Stick/Goals, Sugar on a Stick/Roadmap, & Sugar on a Stick/Resources planning discussions and Blueprints for Sugar on a Stick for feature proposals and tracking.

Help with Deployment

Help with Testing

With new builds coming frequently, it is sometimes hard to keep track of known problems and temporary workarounds. Sometimes a build will not complete the boot process, or only start certain services.

Testers can help other testers by organizing some of their findings here. Remember different hardware combinations may have different results.

Fedora Test Day 03 September 2009 (SoaS v2 beta)

SoaS v1 Strawberry

Download Sugar on a Stick/Strawberry.

Testing SoaS

Software Testing

See Smoke test, and give technical feedback on soas@lists.sugarlabs.org.

Please keep notes on which version of Sugar on a Stick you have downloaded when reporting issues. You can refer to the name of the .iso file from the download source.

Fedora's boot menu
  • When booting SoaS, you'll see for a short time a Fedora screen showing a blue solar system.
  • By pressing the keyboard 'Escape' key here, you can get to Fedora's boot menu.
  • There, you should find the images name in the following structure: Soas{version number}-{date of creation}
    • Pressing 'Tab' key from the boot menu will reveal the bootstrap command line. Removing the final command line parameter, 'rhgb' (RedHat graphical boot) using backspace and pressing the 'Enter' key will result in diagnostic messages being displayed on your console. Removing the 'quiet' parameter will print even more detailed messages.
Sugar version

To find out which version of the Sugar component you are using, you can look it up in the 'About my Computer' Section in 'My Settings'.

Bug reporting

Please file bug reports in The Sugar on a Stick bug tracker.

Archive note: (Beginning with SoaS v2 (but ending on 04 February 2010), bugs and new features were tracked at http://launchpad.net/soas. See this announcement and this announcement.)
User test notes

Casual observations may be reported on this wiki (cross link bugs reports and test notes, as appropriate, to help document the problem).

  • Find your build version in the list of testing subpages below, or
  1. create a new subpage for an unlisted version by going to a page for a previous version.
  2. Then, in the address line of your browser, change the of the address string before the "&action=" segment to the version of the file (taken from the file date at the download page) and press <Enter>
    (The full address line will be something like http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/index.php?title=Index.php&title=SoaS/Testing/Soas03&action=edit) For more help on this process, see this help page section.
  3. Then enter a header line for your setup.
  4. Finally, enter some observations.
Future versions
  • List all the activities you want to get included in SoaS on the roadmap wiki page, stating that you suggested it.

Join the development effort

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Sugar on a Stick is a Fedora® Spin operating system featuring the award-winning Sugar Learning Platform.

Sugar on a Stick will run on

  • any Notebook, Laptop, or Desktop computer, with a minimum of 1GB RAM, that can run Linux, Windows or macOS, using a USB thumbdrive or stick, as a Live USB,
  • a Raspberry Pi 2 or 3, using a microSD card, or;
  • any computer as a virtual machine.

You can use Sugar on a Stick 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.


Our most recent version of Sugar on a Stick was released on 27 October 2020 with Fedora 33.

Download Mirabell.png x86_64 (64-bit), see How to install.

Download Mirabell.png armhfp Raspberry Pi 2 or 3, see How to install.

See also;

See the Spins download page
for the following:

  • ARM® Technology downloads
  • Some support links


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

Downloading alternative images

A variety of images for testing are available (see table below). Some of images might still be unstable; that means they might not work yet.

  • The SoaS Strawberry release is currently based on Soas2-200906221314.iso. It's the most stable version we have right now, and is recommended for general testing purposes.
  • The virtual appliances are not ready for general use and are under heavy development. Any help with testing them is also appreciated, though.
available solution current state download location
SoaS3 Snapshot
(announcement)
varying quality http://download.sugarlabs.org/soas/snapshots/2/soas04.iso
SoaS .vmdk Virtual Appliance of Snapshot alpha quality http://download.sugarlabs.org/soas/appliances/soas3-20090807.zip
SoaS .vdi Virtual Appliance of Strawberry alpha quality http://www.sugarlabs.org/static/soas/soas-strawberry-vdi.zip
SoaS openSUSE Sugar (55+ activities) beta quality http://education.opensuse.org/download/ISOs/ - usb/cd/dvd/appliance images available

Previous snapshots are provided in the subsequent directories on http://download.sugarlabs.org/soas/.

Roadmap

Review and contribute to plans and schedules on the Project roadmap page.

Subpages