What is Sugar?

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.


  Sugar facilitates sharing and collaboration:
Children can write documents or make music together with ease.
  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.
  You can hardly lose data:
Everything is saved and backed up automatically.
  You use a journal for accessing data:
Its like a diary of stuff that you made.
  It's all Open Source Software:
There are no strings attached and updates will always be free.

"It's an education project, not a laptop project."


Sugar applications are called Activities. This is a list of some Activites that are installed by default. Dozens more are available.

  Journal: Object and activity browser   Pippy: Python Programming language/environment
  Browse: Web browser based on Mozilla Firefox   Etoys: Learning / programming / authoring environment
  Read: Book/PDF reader   Turtle Art: Pseudo-Logo graphical programming language
  Write: Word processor   Calculate: Basic calculator
  News Reader: News reader   Calculate: Basic calculator
  Drawing Activity|Paint(Oficina): Simple paint activity   Measure: Oscilloscope and Data Logging
  Record: Still, video, and audio capture   Acoustic Tape Measure|Distance: Measure distance between two laptops
  Log: An activity version of the Sugar logging tool   Analyze: An activity version of the Sugar analyze tool
  TamTam: Music composition and synthesis.
Tamtam has four separate activities : TamTam Jam, Edit, Synthlab, and Mini.
  Terminal: An activity version of the Sugar terminal