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Sugar on Ubuntu

The Sugar packages for Ubuntu provide a Sugar environment that is easy to install and can be configured as an X session in gdm or run in a window with sugar-emulator.

It is a much simpler platform to set up for activity developers than jhbuild, although is not bleeding-edge.

@the below: I am building a package for 9.04 as we speak. should be done in a few days. (by the 20th of August) -Colin Applegate

{I might get flamed for this; I know I shouldn't post on a wiki like this, but no one will read the discussion: can we list a simple way of installing from jhbuild on Ubuntu 9.04 or installing from a PPA? Is 0.83 in the Ubuntu sugar PPA recent enough? How about installing from source (not git/jhbuild) and then adding an X session? With Ubuntu being the most popular Linux distribution, it is in the interest of this project to flesh out these details.}

Sugar on Ubuntu is packaged and maintained by the Ubuntu Sugar team, who welcome new contributors to test, document, triage, and make packages.

Sugar bug reporting Ubuntu.

Sugar on Ubuntu 9.04 (jaunty)

Jaunty, the current Ubuntu release, has Sucrose 0.83 packages synced from Debian.

Sugar does not work out-of-the-box under Jaunty as of 2009-07-01, although there is a workaround. See the discussion here for more information.

That work around doesn't work.--Dennis Daniels 00:38, 7 August 2009 (UTC)

0.84 Works for me from https://launchpad.net/~alsroot/+archive/ppa package name is sugar-platform --User:Satyaakam 22:00,12 August 2009 (IST)

  • works for me on 9.04 using ppa [1] Oct 31 2009


Installation instructions:

sudo apt-get install sugar sugar-activities

Sugar on Ubuntu 8.10 (intrepid)

Intrepid, the previous Ubuntu release, has Sucrose 0.82 packages synced from Debian.


Installation instructions:

sudo apt-get install sugar sugar-activities

Running Sugar

Run sugar in a window under a gnome login, using the Applications menu > Other > Sugar Emulator, or running the following in a terminal:


If everything is working fine, you can log into Sugar from the gdm login screen instead of running sugar-emulator.


If you are experiencing problems after upgrading from 8.04 (Hardy), please do the following to uninstall the partially-upgraded packages:

sudo apt-get purge sugar sugar-\*

and repeat the installation command outlined above to install only the new packages.

Reporting Bugs

If you need log files for debugging, use the following command in a GNOME terminal (not Sugar Terminal) to run sugar with debug logs turned on:


This generates log files in the .sugar/default/logs directory under your home directory.

To report a bug on Sugar or one of the Sugar activities on Ubuntu, use the following steps:

  • Go to https://launchpad.net/sucrose which represents all the Sugar components and activities supported in Ubuntu.
  • Click on the appropriate component at the bottom of the page. If in doubt, click "Sugar shell" which is the base Sugar component.
  • On the resulting page, scroll down to "Packages" and click on the hardy or intrepid package.
  • On the resulting page, click on the "Bugs" tab at the top of the page.
  • That takes you to a page listing known bugs on the package, and with a red "Report a bug" button.

Please include any relevant log files in a bug report: activity log files usually are named similarly to "org.laptop.Chat-1.log" (which is the log file for Chat). If you have run the activity multiple times in the current Sugar session, there will be Chat-2, Chat-3, etc so try to include the appropriate one.

If a problem or bug involves seeing (or not seeing) people in Neighborhood View, or activity sharing/collaboration, please also include presenceservice.log in the bug report.

Please note: The Ubuntu Sugar team will do their best to provide fixes for bugs, but it does take time to get an updated package uploaded through Ubuntu's Stable Release Updates process. Where possible we'll suggest a workaround, or provide a fix in the Sugar Team PPA first.

Sugar on Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (hardy)

hardy includes an old version of Sugar, 0.79. You can install the current stable release of Sugar, 0.82, with the instructions below.

For bug reporting, please follow the instructions above as for intrepid.

Sugar 0.79.0

Old, but included in Hardy

Sugar was packaged in Universe for Hardy (Ubuntu 8.04) by Jani Monoses. The version packaged is 0.79.0, similar to the version in OLPC Release 8.1.0.

Installation instructions

There are extra packages in a PPA, including activities that could not be included in the Ubuntu archive due to license issues, as well as updated abiword packages.

We do recommend using the version 0.82 packages instead, as mentioned below:

Sucrose 0.82

Up-to-date version, extra repository

The Ubuntu packages were updated to the latest 0.82 point release in the Sugar Team PPA.

Installation instructions:

sudo -s
echo deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/sugarteam/ubuntu hardy main > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/sugar.list
apt-get update 
apt-get install sugar sugar-emulator sugar-activities

Not working, tried it from Hardy Install 05/06/2009 [satellit]

Using sugar PPAs

Another way to start sugar on Ubuntu is using sugar-* PPA. The purposes to have these PPAs are that for now there is a lack of official sugar packages in ubuntu(hope it will be resolved soon by porting Debian packages) and give users a chance to test last development releases.

Its possible because these PPAs are based on packages generated by jhconvert, its not a problem to support them. These packages are pretty simple and straightforward and were generated with one idea in mind - start sugar, so they don't follow any Debian/Ubuntu policies and aren't intended to be official packages.

Before attaching ppa, load gpg key

gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv 86ABE8AE363C5DAC
gpg --export --armor 86ABE8AE363C5DAC | sudo apt-key add -

gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv F265806A9BFFF0F4
gpg --export --armor F265806A9BFFF0F4 | sudo apt-key add -

To use Sucrose-0.84 on 8.04(Hardy)

sudo sh -c 'echo deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/alsroot/trisquel-edu/ubuntu hardy main >> /etc/apt/sources.list'
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sugar-platform

To use Sucrose-0.86 on 9.04(Jaunty). You need to update metacity from this PPA.

sudo sh -c 'echo deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/alsroot/trisquel-edu-3/ubuntu jaunty main >> /etc/apt/sources.list'
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install metacity
sudo apt-get install sugar-platform 

To use Sucrose-0.86 on 9.10(Karmic)

sudo sh -c 'echo deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/sugarteam/0.86/ubuntu karmic main >> /etc/apt/sources.list'
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sugar-platform
(**NOTE:  use sugar instead of sugar-platform)satellit 01/04/2010

Note from lists

    • ( this did not work, enter 2 gpg keys as shown above ) satellit 01/04/2010


Message: 2 Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2009 15:02:19 -0500 From: Kevin Cole <dc.xxxxxx.com> Subject: Re: [IAEP] 'apt-get install sugar-platform' available for Ubuntu9.10. Ubuntu (Karmic) now provides a nicer way to add repositories. Type the following at a shell prompt:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:sugarteam/0.86

Using the command above results in both importing the GPG key for a PPA and creates a file in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ named "sugarteam-0.86-karmic.list" with all the proper magic in it. The output of the command looks like this (line-wrapped for readability):

$ add-apt-repository ppa:sugarteam/0.86
Executing: gpg --ignore-time-conflict \
                      --no-options \
                      --no-default-keyring \
                      --secret-keyring /etc/apt/secring.gpg \
                      --trustdb-name /etc/apt/trustdb.gpg \
                      --keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg \
                      --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com \
                      --recv 74F3C222CB79383175656A6986ABE8AE363C5DAC
gpg: requesting key 363C5DAC from hkp server keyserver.ubuntu.com
gpg: key 363C5DAC: public key "Launchpad PPA for Sugar Team" imported
gpg: Total number processed: 1
gpg:               imported: 1  (RSA: 1)

ejabberd collaboration server on Ubuntu

We use ejabberd for a collaboration server. Ubuntu 8.10 ships with the required patches included in ejabberd, so you can install ejabberd, configure it and have working collaboration within minutes, using these installation instructions: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Installing_ejabberd/deb

For Ubuntu 8.04 you need to build from source: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Installing_ejabberd