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Sugar applications are called Activities. This is a list of some Activities that are installed by default. http://activities.sugarlabs.org is a portal for activities.

Object and activity browser

Python Programming language/environment

Web browser based on Mozilla Firefox

Learning / programming / authoring environment

Book/PDF reader

Turtle Art
Pseudo-Logo graphical programming language


Word processor

Basic calculator

News Reader
News reader

Oscilloscope and Data Logging

Simple paint activity

Measure distance between two laptops

Still, video, and audio capture

An activity version of the Sugar analyze tool

An activity version of the Sugar logging tool

An activity version of the Sugar terminal

Music composition and synthesis.

And more
http://activities.sugarlabs.org is a site for browsing & recommending activities.
olpc:Activities/All lists many more.

Running Linux Applications Under Sugar

There are two ways to run Linux applications as Activities under Sugar (meaning you don't need to use Terminal to load them):

  • Sugar Coating - Making Linux apps run under Sugar, but not modifying them to take advantage of Sugar's collaborative capabilities
  • Sugarizing - A fully integrated Linux application, re-engineered to take advantage of Sugar's advanced collaboration abilities

Sugar Coating Activities

To run Linux apps under Sugar (i.e. making them to run in the Sugar interface, without the collaboration and other Sugar integration programmed into them), read these instructions on Running Linux Applications Under Sugar.

In the future, we hope that Sugar will be able to run Linux applications natively without these steps.

Sugarizing Activities

See ActivityTeam for information on porting regular applications to run as native Sugar activities.

Useful Linux Applications

VLC Media Player

The VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, flv, avi, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.; the VLC Player is considered to be better by some users then MPlayer because it offer more settings, options and features. There is also no need to run it from Terminal. Read Activity_VLC to learn how to install it.


SeaMonkey has inherited the successful all-in-one concept of the original Netscape Communicator and continues that product line based on the modern, cross-platform architecture provided by the Mozilla project.

  • The Internet browser at the core of the SeaMonkey suite uses the same rendering engine as its sibling Mozilla Firefox, with popular features like tabbed browsing, popup blocking, find as you type and a lot of other functionality for a smooth web experience.
  • SeaMonkey's Mail and Newsgroups client shares lots of code with Mozilla Thunderbird and features adaptive Junk mail filtering, labels and mail views, multiple accounts, S/MIME, address books with LDAP support and is ready for both private and corporate use.
  • Additonal components include an easy-to-use HTML Editor, the ChatZilla IRC chat application and web development tools like a DOM Inspector and a JavaScript debugger.
  • If that's still not enough, SeaMonkey can be extended with numerous Add-Ons that provide additional functionality and customization for a complete Internet experience.

Seamonkey can be Sugar-coated.

Midnight Commander

Midnight Commander is a text-mode file manager. It is easily Sugar-coated for access from the Activities panel.Screenshot

Totem Media Player

The Totem media player is already installed in the OLPC XO-1. It is the engine that supports media on the system. Out of the box it does not support MP3 music or MPEG-4 video. A free driver can be downloaded to add MP3 compatability. A Sugar-coating can be applied to easily access the program from the Activities panel.


TuxType is a touch typing tutorial/game than can be installed on the OLPC XO-1 using the yum command. A Sugar-coating can be applied to easily access the program from the Activities panel.
TuxMath is an arcade game that helps kids practice their math facts. A Sugar-coating can be applied to easily access the program from the Activities panel.
Tux Paint is a drawing program for children ages 3 to 12. It combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program. A Sugar-coating can be applied to easily access the program from the Activities panel.

(Let's try to organize this page based on some criteria of completion as per the discussion in Talk:Activities.)