One of the easiest ways to install Sugar is to use sugar-jhbuild.
Sugar-jhbuild will automatically download the latest of Sugar's dependencies as well as Sugar itself directly from their source repositories, rather than relying on source packages that may have become stale. Below are generic instructions on how to use sugar-jhbuild to get up and running with Sugar.
Note: Some Linux distributions may need or have special procedures; you can check the pages on installing Sugar to see if they are available.
Build sugar base system and its dependencies
Change directory and start the build.
cd sugar-jhbuild ./sugar-jhbuild build
For the base packages (i.e. build-base), you should be able to use the binary packages from your GNU distribution instead of building them from scratch. Distribution specific hints here: Suger-base:Debian
JHBuild has several other commands that can be useful for development. You can get an overview with:
A useful sequence of commands for building Sugar, from the Sugar mailing list:
./sugar-jhbuild update ./sugar-jhbuild build-base ./sugar-jhbuild build ./sugar-jhbuild run
To customize the build create a configuration file, named .olpc.jhbuildrc, in your home directory.
Write access to the repositories
If you have write access to the repositories you can add:
repos['gnome.org'] = ':ext:firstname.lastname@example.org:/cvs/gnome' repos['mozilla.org'] = ':ext:email@example.com:/cvsroot' repos['git.laptop.org'] = 'git+ssh://dev.laptop.org/git/artwork'