Sugar on a Stick/ʻŌhelo ʻai

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Sugar on a Stick - ʻŌhelo ʻai

a Sugar environment you can carry in your pocket
Sugar on a Stick v8 ʻŌhelo ʻai has been superseded by the Avocado release as of 02 July 2013. See Sugar on a Stick/Downloads for the most current version.
ʻŌhelo ʻai is the 8th version of Sugar on a Stick released 15 January 2013.

ʻŌhelo ʻai is the name of a native Hawaiian berry.

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What's new in ʻŌhelo ʻai

Sugar version 0.98.2 The most recent release of the Sugar Learning Platform features ...

More information about the 0.98.2 release of Sugar is available at 0.98/Notes and Fedora 18 Release Notes.

Known bugs

The major changes in Sugar 0.98 have resulted in a less stable release compared with the previous version (Sugar on a Stick/Quandong). The following bugs would welcome your attention:

  • A Jabber connection (Neighborhood contacts) is lost after first session - #4369 #4289
(Updating from telepathy-mission-control-5.14.0-1.fc18 to 5.14.0-2.fc18 fixes this problem.)
  • Pressing 'Discard network history' removes networking even after reboot - #4410
  • Software Update in My Settings is unresponsive - #4285 #4321 #4440
  • Installation to a hard disk on machines with no wired network connection fails
  • There are irregularities with Etoys - #4415 #4416
  • The Physics Activity fails to close - #4408
  • Log collector fails to collect logs - #4407
SoaS Release Announcement: pending

Customize your own remix of Sugar on a Stick.

We realize that we'll never be able to create an Activity selection suitable for all deployments. Quandong now includes a set of teacher-tested Activities in the default image. The following links point the way to building alternative customizations.

  1. Build Your Own Remix with Fedora
  2. customization guide
  3. Sugar on a Stick/Sugar Clone A quick, but less pristine, method of build customization
  4. ASLO Activity Collection DVD full of ASLO xo activities to Drag Drop into Soas Journal from DVD for Individual customizations.

Sugar on a Stick is a Fedora Spin. Sugar on a Stick is recognized by the Fedora Project as an official Spin. These close ties with Fedora's release cycle and resources from their engineering and marketing teams extends the reach of Sugar on a Stick and makes the project itself more sustainable. In exchange, users of Fedora have access to an easily deployable implementation of the Sugar Platform; it's a great example of a mutually beneficial upstream–downstream relationship.

Contributing to Sugar on a Stick

The team recognizes the need to continue to improve its release processes and engineering sustainability. New contributors are urged to get involved and help us move towards our long-term vision of bringing stability and deployability to Sugar's personalized learning environment.

If you'd like to contribute to the next version, due for release in December of 2012, please join our mailing list, review Sugar on a Stick, and visit Sugar on a Stick/Beta. All types of contributions are welcome, from the technical to the pedagogical, and we're happy to teach what we know and learn what you have to share.

Thank you to all the people involved for their awesome work!

Release history

To better understand release history, previous release notes can be found here,

Sugar platform release version cycle: | 0.82 | 0.84 | 0.86 | 0.88 | 0.90 | 0.92 | 0.94 | 0.96 | 0.98 | 0.100 | 0.102 | 0.104 | 0.106 | 0.108 | 0.110 | 0.112 |

and further information on previous releases may be found here: Sugar on a Stick/Project sitemap#Older versions of SoaS


Much thanks to Peter Robinson who did a majority of the work to program, prepare and coordinate the work with many other sugar developers for this release.

Thomas Gilliard did field-testing (building real SoaS sticks from .iso files and testing on those) - it's the closest thing to systematic testing we've had yet, though we still have a ways to go.
Thank you also to James Cameron in Australia for his testing help!
Much help was also provided by the team at #fedora-qa; freenode IRC

Virtual machines


A new release of documentation should come out with each new release of SoaS (although resources have prevented this).

The Fedora-site documentation seem not to be an improvement over our Sugar Labs, ad hoc wiki documentation methods, as the tools needed to participate are more complicated & yet to be used since Mirabelle was released in May 2010. The only help links on the Fedora Spins download page, How do I use this file?, are very complicated with generic information for Fedora installations.

Our attempts to better support a small number of known, working, "how to set up SoaS", instructions have yet to be fulfilled.

Press coverage

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