Deployment Platform

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Harmonic Distribution version cycle: | 1.0 | Factory |


The Sugar Harmonic Distribution is a systems approach to provide all the software tools that people might need within the Sugar Learning Platform.


  • Provide the ability to launch Base Software within heterogeneous software and hardware environments.
  • Using Base Software, provide access to varieties of Content created within the Sugar community, such as Sugar activities, artifacts derived from Sugar activities, books, etc.
  • Using Base Software, provide the collaborative functionality to support community Social activity centered around the Content.
  • Provide tools and workflows to adapt the Content and Base Software to specific needs that a Sugar Deployment might face, including limitations like off-line environments and restricting hardware.

For a more detailed description, see the declaration of purpose.


OS components will be reused as-is from upstream providers, e.g., from GNU/Linux distributions for regular desktops, or from OLPC for XO laptops. There will be a list of platforms that will be supported on all levels of the Harmonic Distribution.
Base software is the foundation to start exploring the rest of the system. It will be accessible from Sweets Distribution native packages. Repositories of packaged software will be provided for all supported platforms.
This class of software is based on Sugar Network, with master services hosted on Sugar Labs resources. It provides a broad variety of content, such as Sugar activities, artifacts derived from Sugar activities, books, etc., and the community social activity centered around this content. It is the common information forum to embrace all participants. Software provided on this level, in comparison to Base software, will be supported out of native packages.
A Harmonic Distribution Deployment is a set of solutions adapting all the previous components in order to support differing Sugar deployment scenarios. For example, "Keep the LTS releases for an Operating System and its Base software", or "Provide tools to sort out Content to make it useful for specific deployment needs".

Start using

Usage scenarios depend on the category of participants and might be different:

  • Regular usage for an individual starts with being on one of supported platforms, and installing Base software from the 3rd party repositories provided by Harmonic Distribution. Then, using the installed software, one can explore the Content and start participating.
  • From any Web browser, open the Sugar Network site to start participating with people, who use our Base software, within the Content forum.
  • Sugar distributors might follow one of our Deployment suggestions to create downstream, Base software-based distributions for specified needs. In addition to Base software, distributors can adapt Content to local requirements, but Content will remain the common information forum for all participants, within and out of the deployment.

Downstream distributions

These distributions are based on Harmonic Distribution:

  • The Hexoquinasa project created by Peruvian community to support Sugar Learning Platform deployments.

See also

Getting involved

  1. REDIRECT Deployment Platform/Feedback