Supported systems

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Note: Development changes occur rapidly, and the documentation here lags the current state of systems development. For the latest information on any development project, visit their work sites.

See Sugar System Stack for a picture of the software stack.

Ways to run Sugar

Determine which of the various methods of running Sugar meet your needs:
  • Pre-installed Sugar:
    Some computers come with Sugar pre-installed, most notably the OLPC XO-1 laptop.
  • LiveCD/LiveUSB:
    Suitable for trying Sugar without having to install any software on almost any computer—just boot Sugar off of a CD or USB drive. For USB Solutions goto our Sugar on a Stick project page.
  • Install Sugar:
    If you are running one of the currently supported distributions, you can install Sugar using your systems standard package manager, e.g., Synaptic, apt-get, or yum.
    Make custom Fedora F11/F12 Sugar Install or Live DVD/CD's [1]
  • Emulator/Virtualizer:
    QEMU, VirtualBox, or VMware let you run Sugar in an emulator or by virtualization on your computer—you'll need to install an emulator from which you launch Sugar and one of the Emulator image files.
Refer to the matrix below to find a Sugar solution that works for you.

Computer labs

  • Bill Kerr has written up instructions for trying Sugar in computer labs which run only Windows
    (Please see [2].)
  • Caroline Meeks is developing a deployment model that only requires one USB stick per child. (Please see Sugar on a Stick.)

Matrix of Sugar solutions

There are many ways to run Sugar:

Technical considerations

A discussion of technical considerations regarding supported systems.



Starch is a complete disk image for Sugar.

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A complete disk image for Sugar
Name Sugar Version Tested Notes
Sugar on a Stick 0.84 In process This is a Live USB of the Sugar, and one of the primary focuses of Sugar development.
LiveBackup XO-LiveCD 0.82 No This is a Live CD of the OLPC system. Release Notes
Fedora.jpg 0.84.2 yes Sugar Desktop on a Stick is a Fedora11 Sugar USB.img [3] "real install" 4GB stick
Fedora.jpg Sugar on a Stick is a Fedora Live USB. There is also Fedora "Rawhide" on XO development.
Ubuntu.jpgUbuntu LiveCD/LiveUSB 0.82 Instructions for installing a Ubuntu LiveUSB


Sucrose is the Sugar interface plus a set of demonstration activities. System maintainers should visit the Packaging Team page.

The interface, plus a set of demonstration activities
Operating System Version Sugar Version Bundled Tested Collaboration Links Notes
binary packages available
Debian.jpgDebian 4.0 0.82 Yes Yes Sugar on Debian
Fedora.jpgFedora 7,8,9 0.82 Yes Yes Sugar on Fedora
Ubuntu.jpgUbuntu 8.04 (Hardy) 0.79.0-0ubuntu3 Yes Yes Sugar on Ubuntu
8.10 (Intrepid) 0.82 Yes Sugar on Ubuntu
9.04 (Jackalope)
9.10 (Koala)
0.84 Yes Sugar on Jackalope or Koala
Alt linux team small.pngALT Linux 4.1
Yes Sugar on ALT Linux
Mandriva.pngMandriva 2009.1
Sugar on Mandriva
Caixa Mágica.pngCaixa Mágica 12 SugarPlatform-0.84 Yes Sugar on Magalhães
packages not pre-built
Gentoo-logo.svgGentoo 2009-03-19 0.84
Yes Sugar on Gentoo
Suse-small.jpgOpenSUSE 11.1 0.84 Yes
IRC Freenode #opensuse-edu
Sugar on OpenSUSE]
Apple.gif Sugar on a Mac (in emulation)
Slackware.png Slackware 12 Sugar on Slackware
XP.gif WindowsXP No Sugar on Windows (using QEMU)

Sugar for various hardware systems

Since Sugar is now available on most major GNU/Linux distributions, it is possible to run Sugar almost any computer that can run GNU/Linux. We highlight some systems below. Please add your favorite to the list.

Complete Sugar Solutions
Manufacturer Model Operating System Tested Notes
OLPC XO-1 Fedora 9 Yes Standard (reference) distribution
ASUSTeK Eee PC In initial testing phase
Intel Classmate Gen 1 & Gen 2 under development

Getting the Sugar sources

Distributors can find the latest sources for the sucrose components here. Each sucrose roadmap entry has as well links to the release pages of earlier releases.

Updating Sugar to the Latest Version



The Sugar packages in Ubuntu 9.04 and 8.10 [4]

For a LiveCD/LiveUSB, check out the instructions [5].(Note that this produces a very old sugar version 0.82.1)

Updated sucrose packages are usually published in a PPA: See here for details.

If you want up-to-the-minute freshness (and brokenness) you can use jhbuild to build from source instead of the released packages. Follow the instructions here to install sugar-jhbuild as an xsession option.



Sucrose packages are usually updated in unstable. These packages migrate to testing after a while. You can see the current package versions here.

If you want up-to-the-minute freshness (and brokenness) you can use jhbuild to build from source instead of the released packages.



Fedora LiveCD/Live USB

Project page: (superseding:

With this spin, you'll be able to run Sugar, which is developed by Sugarlabs and the desktop environment used on the OLPC, directly from a Live CD! You'll find several activities on the image including most notably...

  • sugar-browse - a web browsing activity based on xulrunner
  • sugar-write - a word processor based on abiword

...along with several other activities including Chat support.

See our Sugar on a Stick page.

The Fedora OLPC SIG,, will be importing further activities into Fedora, which might be installed using yum install sugar-* at a later time.

Recent development spins:

For more information, please refer to the announcement here:

Fedora 11 Preview contains USB Creator which can make USB and SD's with persistence of Fedora F11 (and Sugar if added with Synaptic) and Soas-beta's [satellit 04/30/2009]

What if you wanted to put it quickly onto your USB Key? You'll just need to grab Luke Macken's liveusb-creator, which already includes support for the Sugar Spin. Here's the link:

The liveusb-creator still contains an old link, which is the reason why you'll need to download the spin manually until this gets fixed.

Tip of the hat: Sebastian Dziallas and the Fedora team

Fedora on an OLPC XO

On an OLPC XO-1 laptop, run olpc-update as root.

Normally you only need to run olpc-update in the Terminal application with a build number, like this:

# sudo olpc-update 767

Note: Now you can do this by means of the graphical Sugar Control Panel.

OLPC Clean Install


See OLPC:Future releases, the Joyride train is in the round house.

Joyride is for developers; it is not supported. Joyride builds may cause data corruption and in rare cases, even cause hardware damage, so please do not use Joyride on mission-critical systems.

Joyride contains all the "bleeding-edge" features that are being debugged for inclusion in the next release.

Open the Terminal application and type the following, substituting 2469 for the latest version number.

# olpc-update joyride-2469

What's the latest version? You can find the latest build number (shown above as 1779) at the bottom of

Updates usually takes 10–15 minutes. It's advised that you plug your XO in while Sugar updates itself, then reboot it to see the new OS take effect.

Other Options

These are options that can be used with the update command:

# olpc-update --help
 olpc-update [options] --hints hints-file
 olpc-update [options] [-rf] build-number
 olpc-update [options] [-rf] --usb
 olpc-update --version
 olpc-update --help

For example:
 olpc-update 630
 olpc-update joyride-1779
 olpc-update update.1-700

  -h, --help    show this help message and exit
  -f, --full    skip incremental update attempt.
  --force       force update to an unsigned build.
  -r, --reboot  reboot after a successful update.
  --hints=FILE  name of json-encoded hints dictionary identifying the desired
                new version.
  -u, --usb     upgrade from new build on inserted USB stick.
  -v            display verbose progress information; repeat for more verbose
  -q, --quiet   don't output anything; use exit status to indicate success.
  --version     display version and license information.


Fedora on the XO-1

One of the updated ways of installing sugar on the XO can be seen here.

SOAS on the XO

You can also install sugar on a stick on the XO-1



ALT Linux

  • ALT Linux Team is an international software developers team, collectively working on Sisyphus.



To install Sugar on Mandriva follow these instructions.