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===Using the [[Glossary#User_Interface_.28UI.29|Interface]] ===
Where's the desktop?==== Sugar is a different desktop environment to what is normally used in Windows, Apple's OS X or other Linux operating systems. The first thing that a child sees, therefore, is not a hard disk or a trash can — it’s the other children in the “neighborhood.” Sugar's closest desktop metaphor is the Home view: where the user can see what Activities they are currently using and access the Journal, which acts as a history of usage and allows the user to access files they viewed or applications they ran previously.
===Changing the "XO Guy"===
To change the XO Guy, the symbol in the middle of the Home view (with applications opening around him/her), you have to follow a few steps:
*'''Create An Icon''' - You
fist have to make an icon image and save it as an SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) file with the name computer-xo.svg. Probably on your Mac or Windows machine. There are instructions on how to do this [http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Making_SVG_Icons_for_Sugar on the OLPC wiki].
*'''Transfer It To Your Computer''' - Copy computer-xo.svg to a USB or SD card and plug it into your OLPC or computer.
*'''Install it''' - Open Terminal and type the following commands to back-up the original icon and copy your new icon into the correct location:
*Now close terminal and press Ctrl,Alt,Erase.
==Using Activities=== ====What is an Activity?==== The program that you run using Sugar are called Activities. Why? Because Sugar, in its departure from the desktop metaphor for computing, is the first serious attempt to create a [[Glossary|user interface]] that is based on both cognitive and social [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constructivism_%28learning_theory%29 constructivism]: an environment where learners engage in authentic exploration and collaboration in the act of learning. ====Starting an Activity==== ===Installing and Deleting Activities=== <ol> *Installing Sugar Activities Using Browse *Installing/Removing Sugar Activities Using Terminal *Installing/Removing Linux Applications *Installing Sugar Coated Linux Applications *Windows Applications</ol> ===Changing an XO's Nickname and Color on Sugar Views=== <ol>Your XO's Nickname and other options can be changed using the [[Terminal Activity]]'s command line [[Sugar-Control-Panel]]. </ol> ===Setting the Clock and Timezone===
You may set the date and time as follows:
<li> Connect to the Internet. (For details, see [[
#How can I access the Internet ?|How can I access the Internet?]] )
<li> Open a Linux prompt. (For details, see [[#How do I access a Linux command prompt?|How do I access a Linux command prompt?]] Note that unless you are an advanced user, you should use the Terminal Activity button to open the prompt.)
<li> Press the Enter key after each. In response to the ntpdate command, if it successfully contacts this US government official time server, the system will output a line of data displaying the correct date and time.
<li> Click the "Stop" icon [[Image:Quit.gif
|25px]] at the upper right corner of the screen to log out and close the Terminal Activity program.
===How to set the timezone on my laptop===
You can set the timezone by typing the [[Sugar
-Control -Panel]] command in the [[Terminal Activity]].
To take a screen shot, typing Alt+1 at the same time will take one and store it in your journal.
=Networking & Communications=
===Connecting to Wireless Networks===
On the XO-1 laptop, there are three ways to connect to the Internet:
*Wireless access point (
*“School Server” mesh network; or
*“simple” mesh network, which lets you collaborate directly with other XOs.
Read [[Connecting to the Internet]] for detailed instructions.
===Connecting to Jabber Servers===
Jabber networks link Sugar users to each other in order to chat, interact and collaborate. There are global Sugar Jabber networks, or regional ones hosted by organizations and individuals around the world. You can choose whichever Jabber network you wish to connect to. Connecting Sugar to one of these networks will greatly enhance your Sugar experience.
=== IRC Chat ===
http: //wiki.laptop.org/go/XoIRC Install the XoIRC activity] and connect with other Sugar/OLPC users and enthusiasts on the internet and chat with them in real time. XoIRC uses a system called [ http: //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Relay_Chat IRC].
It defaults to a "room" called #olpc-help, but you can also enter other rooms by typing '''/join #room''' where '''room''' is the name of the room you wish to join.
Some other Sugar/OLPC IRC chatrooms are listed [
http: //wiki.laptop.org/go/IRC#irc.freenode.net_channels are listed here .]]
=== OLPC/Sugar as Webserver ===
*Go to another machine on your LAN and type your Sugar Computer/XO's IP Address into your browser. There's your Sugar computer serving up a web page!
*[[:Category:Installing Sugar|Installing Sugar]] (on various platforms)
*[[Sugar Instructions]], booting and getting started with Sugar
=Developing For Sugar=
* [http://www.redhatmagazine.com/2007/02/23/building-the-xo-introducing-sugar/ Building the XO: Introducing Sugar - Red Hat Magazine 2007-02-23]
Sugar_with_sugar-jhbuild|Build]] from sources, and [[ Sugar Instructions|get started]].* Read the human interaction [[ HIG|guidelines]]* Get an overview of the [[Sugar Architecture|architecture]]* [[ Sugar_Activity_Tutorial|Write]] your own activity* Check out the [[ Sugar_Code_Snippets|code snippets]] library* [[Understanding sugar code]] organization.
* See a list of Sugar [[Activities|activities]] and specifications.
* [http://dev.laptop.org/git?p=sugar;a=summary Sugar source repository]
* [http://dev.laptop.org/roadmap Roadmap]
=See also=* [[Glossary]] of Sugar terms