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Sugar reinvents how computers can be used for education. It promotes sharing and collaborative learning and gives children the opportunity to use their laptops on their own terms. Children — and their teachers — have the freedom to reshape, reinvent, and reapply their software, and content. Sugar is based on GNU/Linux, a free and open-source operating system.

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Sugar facilitates sharing and collaboration

Children can write documents or make music together with ease.

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There are no files, folders or applications

What you do is an activity and that includes the application and all your data. You can resume any activity at any time.

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You can hardly lose data.

Everything is saved and backed up automatically.

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You use a journal for accessing data.

It's like a diary of stuff that you made.

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It's all Free and Open-Source Software.

There are no strings attached and updates will always respect users' freedom.

What are the Sugar Labs?

Sugar is available under the free software GNU General Public License (GPL) to anyone who wants to extend it. “Sugar Labs”, a (soon to be established) non-profit foundation will serve as a support base and gathering place for the community of educators and software developers who want to extend the platform and create Sugar-compatible applications. Sugarlabs software is found on the XO laptop. You can find more out about the project at

Learn more about Sugar... or learn about Sugar Labs, the organization behind Sugar


Sugar applications are called Activities. This is a list of some Activities that are installed by default. There is a proposal for an Activity portal.



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

Dozens more are available.

See also