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This is a quick guide to the locations of various forms of Sugar software that can run in QEMU emulation or VMware or VirtualBox virtualization.

You can download installation images (.iso files) for Linux distributions that support Sugar and create your own bootable images with Sugar installed.

See VirtualBox, VMware, or QEMU for more information on how to run an image, and Supported systems for more information on what is available.

wikipedia: Comparison of platform virtual machines - Very nice comparison of features of Virtual Machines platforms


Latest version: VirtualBox 4.0

Download: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/virtualbox/downloads/index.html

Preliminary testing shows that VirtualBox Appliances from ver 3.1.10-12 import and function well in ver 4.0.x and visa-versa.


Fedora-small.jpgSugar on a Stick v3 Mirabelle

Sugar 0.88.0
firstboot has not yet run; so a new user name and password will be set for the gdm login on startup for the first time
How Built:
8-GB Virtual Box hard disc
English and English keyboard
USA-Los Angeles (Pacific timezone)
download and import 2 files:
http://download.sugarlabs.org/images/VirtualBox/Fedora-13-i686-Live-SoaS-sugaruser.vmdk 533M
http://download.sugarlabs.org/images/VirtualBox/Fedora-13-i686-Live-SoaS-sugaruser.ovf   12K
  • Note1:Use a later version of Oracle VM VirtualBox (3.2_10.8-64453 or later). Some appliances have multiple hard disc controllers and the earlier Sun VirtualBox 3.1 version does not support them.
  • Note2: All appliances were built on a MacBook Air with Oracle VM VirtualBox (3.2.10-r66523) then tested on a Ubuntu installation on an Acer Aspire One Netbook imported into VirtualBox (3.2.10 r66523)
  • Note3:Set ControlPanel/Frame "Edge" slider to far left for easier access to sugar-frame features
  • VMware Player Version
Soas-v3-Mirabelle.zip Download

Fedora-small.jpgSugar on a Stick v4 Mango Lassi

Sugar 0.90.1 Note Sugar 0.90.x is buggy, use a version of SoaS with the 0.88.1 version.
How Built:
8-GB VirtualBox hard disc
English and English keyboard
USA-Los Angeles (Pacific timezone)
download and import 2 files:
http://download.sugarlabs.org/images/VirtualBox/Fedora-14-i686-Live-SoaS-2.ovf 12K
http://download.sugarlabs.org/images/VirtualBox/Fedora-14-i686-Live-SoaS-2-disk1.vmdk  606M
had to modify the .ovf to get the image running on a X60 with ubuntu maverick:
http://people.sugarlabs.org/dogi/virtualbox/Fedora-14-i686-Live-SoaS-2.1.ovf 12K
  • Note, this appliance has 1024x768 screensize available as VirtualBox extensions were compiled into the kernel.
To Update Sugar
Sugar update does not work in control panel
  • In root sugar-terminal:
yum groupinstall sugar-desktop
(install 9 packages, Upgrade 10 packages) 02/02/2011 satellit

Fedora-small.jpgSugar on a Stick v5 Coconut

sugar 0.92.1
this is the RC3 version; for testing only at this time
How Built:
liveinst in root terminal to VirtualBox HD
8-GB VirtualBox hard disc
English and English keyboard
USA-Los Angeles (Pacific timezone)
Cleared of Identity- starts at click to change color after gdm login
Etoys fixed so it starts
sub-menus work on activities
Jabber fills up with duplicate avitars that constantly change colors en-mass.
download and import 2 files:
http://download.sugarlabs.org/images/VirtualBox/Soas-v5_RC3_Live_CE.ovf  12.5KB
http://download.sugarlabs.org/images/VirtualBox/Soas-v5_RC3_Live_CE-disk1.vmdk  621 MB

f15-Gnome3-Ver3.0.0-Virtual Box-Appliance

  • download these 2 files and import them:
Starts in gnome3 fallback mode as VirtualBox does not support hardware acceleration
Cleared of sugar identity' starts on select color by clicking on XO icon
use <== arrow to write your custom name then ==> to finish
  • Sugar-emulator is in Activities/Education/Sugar
enter user password for keychain (sugaruser) on time and cancel until pop-up finishes (this is a bug in keychain in f15)
Surf-115 is the browser as Browse-120 does not start (known bug)


  • download these 2 files and import them:
  • firstboot has not yet been run.
Sugar on a Stick 4 (Mango Lassi)
sugar: 0.90.1
  • Bugs:
Control Panel/Software Update does not work.
Delay in start (edit to uncheck floppy disk)

Trisquel logo.pngTrisquel41_sugar_installer.iso

Revised 03/02/2011 to remove sugar identity
  • click above link^ to download 1.2GB DVD which contains
32bit-VirtualBox Installers (OSE) (Directory with install files for VirtualBox 4.0.4)
(Does not include Free for Personal Use licensed extension pack) - includes instructions on how to download for personal use.
ReadMeFirst_Install_Instructions.pdf  (Instructions-how to install VirtualBox and import appliance)
UserManual.pdf (VirtualBox 4.0.4 User Manual-269 pages)
Instructions and .vmdk/.ovf files to import
  • Cleared of sugar identity Starts on Color Selection Screen ( <===(back) to change name)


Trisquel icon.png Trisquel-Gnome-sugar 4.5 Release Candidate

trisquel 4.5 Download
XChat; sweets-sugar 0.88.1; surf115-xo; updated; cleared of identity; autostart
password sugaruser
  • "Free Distibution"
  • Ubuntu 10.10 based
  • Trisquel 4.5 RC VirtualBox 4.0.4 appliance
Download and Import these files:

Trisquel icon.pngTrisquel-4.5 -Gnome-sugar BETA

(click this ^ link for details)
  • NOTE: This is a Beta version. A lot of updates are still coming in.
    Sugar 0.88.1 is a much more stable release than sugar 0.90.1

Trisquel icon.pngTrisquel-4.1-sugar

(click this ^ link for details)
  • Cleared of sugar identity Starts on Color Selection Screen ( <===(back) to change name) 03/02/2011

Trisquel icon.pngTrisquel-4.0.1-Gnome-sugar

(click this ^ link for details)
  • Updated 12/23/2010

Trisquel icon.pngTrisquel-3-sugar

(click this ^ link for details)
  • 20 new applications were installed by CP/software update


Full Gnome Desktop plus Sugar 0.88.1
Debian Information
Updated 12/05/2010 includes activities Downloaded from ASLO as .xo files; and sugar-emulator.
Log in as sugar
8-GB VirtualBox hard disc
English and English keyboard
USA-Los Angeles (Pacific timezone)
download and import 2 files:
http://download.sugarlabs.org/images/VirtualBox/Debian-sugaruser.vmdk  2.1G
http://download.sugarlabs.org/images/VirtualBox/Debian-sugaruser-1.ovf 14K


Full Gnome Desktop plus Sugar-0.88.0
Mandriva Information
Note Log into gnome desktop first to enable networking then start sugar-emulator
Log in as sugar
8-GB VirtualBox hard disc
English and English keyboard
USA-Los Angeles (Pacific timezone)
download and import 2 files:
 download and import 2 files:
http://download.sugarlabs.org/images/VirtualBox/mandriva-linux-one-2010-sugaruser-plus.ovf  14K 
http://download.sugarlabs.org/images/VirtualBox/mandriva-linux-one-2010.vmdk  1.4G


2010.2 free DVD Download
Mandriva_Linux_2010.1 Download
Mandriva 2010.1 Features
The Brazilian government education authority has selected Intel-powered classmate PCs running Mandriva Linux for educational use nationwide.

Photo of Neighborhood view on MacBook Air-Mandriva 2010.1

  • Note: The above appliances were built on a MacBook Air with Oracle VM VirtualBox (3.2.10-r66523) then tested on a Ubuntu installation on an Acer Aspire One Netbook imported into VirtualBox (3.2.10 r66523)

Some Suggestions on Using VirtualBox

  • Export your appliances to an external USB hard disk
    This functions like the Mac Application "Time Machine"
    Save each exported Appliance in a folder marked with the name and date of export.
    You can then import this Appliance to restore the state of the Appliance on that date.
  • Run an Existing VirtualBox Appliance from an external USB Hard Drive
    Portable, Individual Copy for Student, Move between separate Computers.
    1. copy-paste the xxxx.vmdk file from /(User)/Virtualbox/HardDisks/xxxx.vmdk to a Folder on an external USB HD
    2. Menu: Machine>New>continue>Name>Operating System>Version/Memory/Continue>Use existing hard disk>[chose xxxx.vmdk on an External USB HD]> Start.
  • Note Running from a USB Memory Stick Crawls, VERY slowly - not practical.
  • Testing of appliance running from an external USB Hard Disk
Appears to depend on the Speed of the Host Machine: (needs farther testing)
  1. Very Slow - Fedora-13-Soas/VB 3.2.12 on Windows XP SP2/ EeePC 1000HE 12/26/2010 satellit
  2. Very Slow - Trisquel-3-sugar/VB 3.2.12 on Windows XP SP2/ EeePC 1000HE 12/26/2010 satellit
  3. Acceptable- Fedora-13-Soas/VB 4.0 on Ubuntu 10.10 /hp Pavillion Turion 64x2 laptop 12/26/2010 satellit
  4. Acceptable- Trisquel-3-sugar/VB 4.0 on Ubuntu 10.10 /hp Pavillion Turion 64x2 laptop 12/26/2010 satellit

Join IRC for Help

Pida ayuda a través de este canal #sugar-es Por favor, sea cortés y hacer sus preguntas.
Los voluntarios no pueden estar en línea todo el tiempo.
Sea paciente y permanecer conectado durante varios minutos para ver su respuest 
(utilizar la función de meeting para la traducción de estos artículos)
Ask for help on either of these channels.
Please be courteous and ask your questions.
Volunteers may not be on line all of the time. Be patient and stay connected for several minutes to see their answer.


http://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch03.html#id2727661 [Configuring virtual machines]
http://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch03.html#id321700 [USB Support]
Oracle VM VirtualBox online Manual

Extension Pack

Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack Personal Use License
All Platforms (Windows, Mac OS X, Solaris and Linux)
  • Personal Use Licensed not OSE

VMware Player

Download VMware Player (free)

  • VMware Player appliance of soas-v3-Mirabelle
Compressed in .zip file
This appliance is ready to run "firstboot" (agree/user name/password/tz/etc)
sugarroot is the root password.
  • VMware Player appliance Trisquel-3 (NEW) 01/05/2011
Compressed in .zip file
  • VMware Player appliance Trisquel-4+sugar (NEW) 01/05/2011
Compressed in .zip file
  • VMware Player appliance Sugar on a Stick v2 (Blueberry)
Read this first.
  • VMware Player appliance of openSUSE-Sugar
Read this first.
networking help
how to use

Older Virtual Appliances

Hint for the following Appliances: when Downloading xxxx.mf and xxxx.ovf files use "save as" to download then hit < on browser to return to previous screen in browser

  • Sugar on a Stick v2 Bluberry
link: Blueberry
Read this first.
download and import 3 files: soas-2-blueberry.ovf soas-2-blueberry.mf soas-2-blueberry.vmdk
  • Sugar on a Stick v1 Strawberry
Link: Strawberry
soas-strawberry-vdi.zip Sugar 0.84 (22 June 2009)
This is a compressed VirtualBox Hardisk. Decompress it and Create a new VirtualBox Appliance that points to this existing .vdi Hard Disk not a new one.
How_to_Update_Soas-v1-Strawberry-vdi Activities
  • openSUSE-Sugar-11.3
Reference links: openSUSE-Sugar-11.3.i686-1.0.0-Build6.3.iso Uploaded 26 September 2010
download and import 3 files:openSUSE_sugar.ovf openSUSE_sugar.ovf openSUSE_sugar.mf openSUSE-Sugar-11.3.vmdk
8-GB VirtualBox hard disc
English and English keyboard
USA-Los Angeles (Pacific timezone)
Autologin- user=sugar password=sugaruser
Ready to auto-configure to your hardware on first booting.
note choose /dev/sda2 when prompted to do so on first run
  • UbuntuSugarRemix
Reference links: Community/Distributions/Ubuntu, https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Sugar
shutdown does nothing from sugar; To exit sugar use "Log Out" then shutdown from bottom right gdm bar
download and import 3 files: USR-922-IRC-Remix.ovf USR-922-IRC-Remix.mf USR-i386-20100922.vmdk
TZ=LA USA USA Keyboard 8-GB HD fully updated on 22 September 2010 with
apt-get Updates
apt-get Upgrade
Remixed to add
Surf-115.xo browser
IRC.xo -(edited to log in to #sugar and #ubuntu-sugarteam)
Import the 3 files into Oracle VirtualBox
User=sugar autologin
  • install the VirtualBox guest additions
Integrates a Running VirtualBox Appliance with the desktop
install the VirtualBox guest additions with sudo apt-get install virtualbox-ose-guest-utils


instructions, downloads

Image installation tools


  • ZyX-LiveInstaller allows you to install Sugar from either a booted Live USB device,
  • or Live CD media to a system or external disk.
  • It creates an exact copy of your running live CD as a traditional (Persistent) installation on your hard-disk (or removable media such as SD or USB storage devices.
This program can be useful for installing to a virtualized hard disk. It is not included in builds after soas-v2 Blueberry, so it must be downloaded and installed to use.
In a running SoaS Terminal session or console, execute the following commands:
yum install zyx-liveinstaller gparted


Make a VirtualBox or VMware Player appliance with a burned CD of your favorite xxx.iso
Works fine, runs on most platforms, and has persistence after installation. (tested with Trisquel 4.0.1 DVD 12/24/2010 satellit)
Virtual Appliance that you create Can be opened with either VirtualBox or VMware Player
VirtualBox 4.0 Download (free): http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/virtualbox/downloads/index.html
VMware Player download (free): http://www.vmware.com/tryvmware/
(Note:VMware Workstation not needed for VMware Player to create Virtual Appliance)
specified a 8 GB Hard Drive; name; and other parameters
downloaded, in browse, the Custom vmx file as a .zip file
Decompressed the .zip file
Insert the CD of your favorite xxx.iso
Open VirtualBox4.0 or VMware Player and point it to this vmx file
In VirtualBox Settings/specify CD Player (/dev/sr0); Start
VMware Player starts CD automatically
  • EXAMPLE: soas-i386-20100926.17.iso burned to a CD
Put soas-i386-20100926.17 CD in your CD Drive
CD boots in VirtualBox-4.0 or VMware Player application
Sugar Starts
  • To install to EasyVMX Hard Disk:
Open Sugar-terminal:
Anaconda installer opens
Initialize all disks
Install procedes normally
Log in to user you specified

HINT: copy all of the EasyVMX Hard Disk Files on a 2 GB USB stick.

(note runs about 10x slower on a USB stick)
Example above created a 1.4 GB set of files'
Copy-Paste all files
Sugar on a Stick in VirtualBox or VMware Player Hard Disk format with persistence
Portable (Student can take home and run on home Computer)
Run it on different Platforms

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Thanks for this work satellit_, emulators are a great way to develop and test stuff. --RafaelOrtiz 17:19, 13 April 2011 (EDT)