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Updating zyx-liveinstaller

  • Boot soas02.iso or soas03.iso as Burned CD
  • in sugar terminal enter:
rpm -Uvh \
  • enter command: zyx-liveinstaller.
  • do graphical installation

Sugar on a Stick in VM Player with persistence

Copy-paste the VMware Player hard disk files to a 2 GB USB stick.
Portable (Student can take home and run on home Computer)
Run it on different Platforms Windows. Mac, linux
runs about 10x slower on a USB stick

Operating System Notes

Archive of old information

Windows XP SP2

Loads and runs VMware virtual machine in Windows XP SP2 {tested on a Dell 2350 Tower and EeePC1000 }

Appliance (packaged virtual machine) runs from USB Stick & Hard Disk on VMPlayer or VMWorkstation

Ubuntu 8.04 and 9.04

VMware Workstation 6.5.2 can make virtual machine image files in Ubuntu. VMware Player will run these virtual appliances. The appliance can be distributed by copying to a DVD or a 4-GiB SD or USB drive or by downloading prebuilt VMPlayer Appliances from Sugar Labs [[1]] or other server.

For VMWorkstation HD Installs in Ubuntu

  • (also works for HD installs to PC)
  • Ubuntu Installations use sugar-PPAs:[2]
  • see Trisquel 3.0-Sugar [3] (based on Ubuntu 9.04)

Fedora 12

Soas-v2-blueberry.iso Install using zyx-liveinstaller

Download link: [4]

  1. Method used for this Install to VMware 4GB IDE(custom)Hard disk /(SCSI will not work):
  • <<In sugar terminal as root>>
* zyx-liveinstaller
  • Grapical Installer Starts
*4GB unallocated
*Make new partition (All of it;that just creates the partition scheme, you can create the partitions afterwards)

=====Create new Partitions=====:

* 200 MiB  ext2 for /boot
* 2.93 GiB ext4 for /
* 902 Mib  linux-swap 
* Edit-Apply all Operations
  • CANCEL PARTITIONER (hit X in Right top corner)
  • zyx-live installer behind in window
  • select the data and boot partitions and start install.

Also will write to USB/SD

Fedora12-EDU Spin

  • F12 release 12 (Constantine)
  • Use as a Live CD or as a 8-GB Appliance for VMware Player.
  • 0.86.3 Sugar and Gnome Desktop.
  • It installs nicely in the normal manner with liveinst (or anaconda from terminal)
  • dd install works (8GB USB) to make non-persistent installer USB for Netbooks
  • See the procedure above to make a VMplayer on a USB boot stick run this latest version of the Sugar platform as an Appliance..

Fedora 11

VMware Player will not load in Fedora 11 beta or Fedora Preview loaded with shell command; One gets "Unable to modify kernel" error and quits.

Fedora 10

  • VMplayer can be loaded in Fedora 10 and used to run a VMplayer Appliance of Sugar platform based on Fedora 11.
  • The Sugar platform included in Fedora 10 is not the current version.


(See: nubae and cyberorg on #irc #sugar #opensuse-edu for details.)

SUSE is building and hosting appliances at these sites for downloading.

Live CD
 *(x)be careful to use correct device or you can wipe your hard disk!
===========unformatted 2GB USB==================
dd if=openSUSE-Sugar.i686-11.2.0-Build2.1.iso of=/dev/sd(x) bs=4M
151+1 records in
151+1 records out
636485632 bytes (636 MB) copied, 86.862 s, 7.3 MB/s

Add 2nd Persistent Partition:

fdisk /dev/sd(x)
The number of cylinders for this disk is set to 1959.
There is nothing wrong with that, but this is larger than 1024,
and could in certain setups cause problems with:
1) software that runs at boot time (e.g., old versions of LILO)
2) booting and partitioning software from other OSs
  (e.g., DOS FDISK, OS/2 FDISK)
Command (m for help): p
Disk /dev/sd(x): 2055 MB, 2055019008 bytes
64 heads, 32 sectors/track, 1959 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 2048 * 512 = 1048576 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x3e698287
  Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sd(x)1   *           1         607      621568   83  Linux
Command (m for help): n
Command action
  e   extended
  p   primary partition (1-4)
Partition number (1-4): 2
First cylinder (608-1959, default 608): 
Using default value 608
Last cylinder, +cylinders or +size{K,M,G} (608-1959, default 1959): 
Using default value 1959
Command (m for help): p
Disk /dev/sd(x): 2055 MB, 2055019008 bytes
64 heads, 32 sectors/track, 1959 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 2048 * 512 = 1048576 bytes
 Disk identifier: 0x3e698287
  Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sd(x)1   *           1         607      621568   83  Linux
/dev/sd(x)2             608        1959     1384448   83  Linux
Command (m for help): w
The partition table has been altered!
Calling ioctl() to re-read partition table.
Syncing disks.

Installation to VMWare hard disk (or Hard Disk)

Sugar terminal:

su -
yast2 live-installer

add user
yast2 users

change networking

terminal su -

yast2 lan

Global Options
  [X] Traditional Method with ifup
wireless networking
yast2 lan

  • su -
  • yast2 lan
  • need to switch networking out of network manager; edit and add wireless wlan wireless wlan0; and enter info on encrypted or open, and if WEP, SSID plus WEP Key information.
  • select wired interface>edit>general>activate device>never
  • ok
  • yast2 lan (2nd time) select manage with Network Manager
  • ok
  • Reboot USB/SD
  • Go to drop down box on network and delete network history. Be sure to have radio box checked.
  • Reboot again, On F1 neighborhood should see circles for wireless network connections.
  • Mouse over the one you want to use and enter passwords if requested on drop down box
  • On reboot, to get wireless connection to connect, you may have to enter the following in terminal:
su -
rcnetwork restart

Mult-User Sugar Appliance

  • yast2 users
  • Add User ie: Student1, student2
  • advanced>autologon no password (if you want no passwords )
  • yast2 lan
  • disconnect network manager
  • configure interface
  • restart
To switch users (Students) log out from Sugar and you are presented
with a list of users to connect to.

Prebuilt Sugar Appliance (in .zip .vmx and.tar.bz2 formats) (.raw format for USB Sticks)

  • Run on VMware Player or VirtualBox after decompressing.

Important, for all openSUSE Appliances:

no password req to start
(Clear out name, color, and Sugar Journal contents)
       <sugar terminal>
	rm -rf ~/.sugar
	su -
	shutdown -h now
	restart sugar

when you open this VM Appliance with VMPlayer for first time:
	use "I moved it"
	NO NOT click "I Copied it"
	Doing so generates a 2nd MAC id for the network card and leaves it as eth0
	not configured  (It will not work)
	clearing the /.sugar entity (see above) does not affect Mac address
	Nor does changing the color or name on the sugar control panel.

***** ALSO Do the following Right away after opening sugar for the first time:*****
*<sugar terminal>
	su -
 	Password:xxx (see above)
	yast2 sysconfig
	System>Sysconfig>Enable Sysconfig>(NO)
		(this locks out network reconfig)
	exit, shutdown, restart
 **(This seems to stop the autoconfiguration of openSUSE on restart)**

IF F1 Neighborhood is not connecting:

Try this First to start Network Manager:

  • <sugar terminal>

su - password:xxx rcnetwork restart

	(Networking Fix for loss of F1 Neighborhood:)
	<sugar terminal>
	Password:xxx (see above)
	yast2 lan 
	switch to non-Network Manager control
	Delete other network cards 
	configure DHCP 4 with hardware and eth0

once you get networking to work;
	*<sugar terminal>
	su -
	Password:xxx (see above)
	yast2 lan
	select Network Manager
		(change to network manager for wireless configration)
	*<sugar terminal>
	su -
 	Password:xxx (see above)
	yast2 sysconfig
	System>Sysconfig>Enable Sysconfig>(NO)
		(this locks out network reconfig)
	exit, shutdown, restart

Image USB/SD Drives

Latest .raw file:
  • Extract raw file
Unmount the USB first, then from terminal:
 sudo dd if=/home/suse/"myappliance".raw of=/dev/sdb bs=4k
Typical Imaging Session

With raw file on ~/Desktop (BE CERTAIN your USB is sdb (the volume ID). (DO NOT use sdb1, the first partition ID). Change, if different.

XXXX:~/Desktop/$ sudo dd if=openSUSE-Sugar-liveUSB-unstable.i686-0.0.3-Build4.17.raw of=/dev/sdb bs=4k
[sudo] password for XXXX:
 463360+0 records in
 463360+0 records out
1897922560 bytes (1.9 GB) copied, 195.168 s, 9.7 MB/s


other SUGAR distributions

  • Live USB [5]
  • Linux Distributions [6]