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OLPC software to power aging PCs

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| It has been used by more than one million children on the XO laptop and has 
| also been released as part of other operating systems. For example, it was 
| bundled with releases of the Ubuntu and Fedora Linux systems.  
| The latest release - Sugar on a Stick - allows anyone to run the software 
| from a 1GB USB stick. It includes 40 programs, including a word processor, 
| drawing application and games.   


The little Linux school house


Sugar on a Stick 1.0 released

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| Sugar Labs, the organisation behind the One Laptop Per Child's XO laptop 
| software, have released the USB stick version of the Sugar Learning Platform 
| version 1.0.   



2.2million children to own laptops by 2012

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| Rwanda has targeted to provide all the 2.2 million of its primary school
| children with laptops by 2012.
| This was revealed last week (June 9) during the launch of regional Global
| Center for Excellence in Laptops and Learning by the One Laptop per Child
| (OLPC), a non-profit organisation.


Ooo4Kids: Open Office for the XO Laptop

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| Do you like your office automation software to be a free and Open Source as
| your Sugar Learning Platform? Then rejoice now that Eric Bachard has helped
| create OOo4Kids, an Open Office customized for 7-12 year old children that
| works on the XO laptop...


Rwanda: Country to Host OLPC Learning Centre for Africa

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| According to the State Minister of Education Theoneste Mutsindashyaka,
| Government has already ordered 100,000 units to be delivered in phases, worth
| about US $18.1m and the first shipment of 5,000 computers is expected in the
| country at the end of June while more 15,000 pieces will be shipped in by
| August.


Kids in 26 schools get laptops

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| The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program, envisioned by MIT (Massachusetts
| Institute of Technology) professor Nicholas Negroponte and introduced in
| Nepal in 2008, has already equipped children in 26 schools throughout Nepal´s
| six districts with a laptop each.


OLPC kickstarts notebook program for indigenous children

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| Branching out to Australia two years ago, the organisation was established in
| the US to provide disadvantaged primary school children access to educational
| resources. So far, OLPC has trialed the notebook scheme across Oceanic
| nations including Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.


Rwanda: Country to Host OLPC Learning Centre for Africa

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| Rwanda is set to become home to the pilot learning centre for the One Laptop
| Per Child (OLPC) project in Africa due to its outstanding progress in
| promoting the child user friendly computer on the continent.
| The centre to be located at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology
| (KIST) to be known as the OLPC Learning Centre will be launched on June 9 and
| it is aimed at supporting Rwanda achieve its objectives of promoting ICT in
| Education but also act as a reach out centre for the whole of Africa.


Sugar Wins! Nobody Buying Windows XO Laptops

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| It was almost exactly one year ago that Nicholas Negroponte announced an
| agreement between OLPC and Microsoft to bring Windows XP to the XO-1 to great
| turmoil. I vividly remember the late-night flood of e-mails and IRC chats
| where everyone was trying to figure out just what that announcement really
| meant.
| [...]
| I've been wondering about what ever happened to these Windows XP-based OLPC
| trials. I haven't really heard anything about them in quite some time. Now
| more recently I've asked around and found there is a good reason why I
| haven't seen anything: countries are choosing Sugar over Windows XP for their
| XO deployments.


OLPC goes the full Fedora

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| Developer Chris Ball has announced that the upcoming OLPC XO-1.5 laptop
| software release will be based on Fedora 11. The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC)
| project is a non-profit organisation who's mission is to provide children
| across the world with low cost laptops for self-education.


Sugar Activities Portal from Sugar Labs

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| Activities.sugarlabs.org is a portal for uploading and download learning
| activities. Activities.sugarlabs.org is inspired by and shares code with
| addons.mozilla.org. Children's computers are tools on which they learn, work,
| and play. They should be able to customize them to their personal styles of
| learning, working, and playing. The activities portal makes it easy for them
| to personalize their Sugar experience.


Sugar on a Stick: Good for Kids' Minds (and School Budgets)

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| That's not the case with the other sort of Sugar. Sugar, the kid-friendly
| open source desktop that was featured first on the OLPC XO laptop is now
| available (in a beta release) as a liveUSB image. The Sugar on a Stick
| environment is powered by Fedora 11 and features familiar Sugar desktop
| applications and functions, as well as new educational and collaborative
| tools, such as the InfoSlicer online content editor, remixer, and delivery
| application.


Sugar on a Stick

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| Sugar Labs offers ubiquitous access to Sugar in a USB (Universal Serial Bus)
| flash memory drive (stick). The Sugar on a Stick project (still in Beta)
| gives children access to their Sugar on any computer in their environment
| with just a USB memory stick. Taking advantage of the Fedora LiveUSB, it's
| possible to store everything you need to run Sugar on a single USB memory
| stick (minimum size 1GB). This small USB device can boot into the Sugar
| learning platform on different computers at home, at school, or at an after
| school program, bypassing the software on the those computers. In fact, Sugar
| on a Stick will work even if the computer does not have a hard-drive. With
| Sugar on a Stick, the learning experience is the same on any computer: at
| school, at home, at the library, or an after-school center.


First taste: Sugar on a Stick learning platform

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| Sugar Labs has announced the first beta release of Sugar on a Stick, a
| self-contained Sugar environment that is distributed as a live USB image. It
| can boot on conventional desktop computers from a 1GB thumb drive.
| [...]
| The beta includes several new activities, such as the InfoSlicer tool, which
| can be used by teachers to assemble bundles of Web content that can be edited
| and packaged for offline use. The beta also includes a new integrated IRC
| client and a command terminal.


Sweet new version of Sugar Learning Platform on its way

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| Sugar Labs has released a new version of the Sugar Learning Platform, a
| Linux-based software environment for education. The new version includes new
| programs and improvements to the environment's file journal system.


Announcing Sugar Learning Platform v0.84

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| Fresh off the Sugar Labs press release is a new version of the Sugar Learning
| Platform for children.


Why Sugar's Future Looks Sweet: User Feedback

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| So what this process will hopefully be is an interface between teachers /
| deployments / learning / reality and people who are passionate about turning
| this feedback into 0s and 1s. This presents a unique chance to make Sugar a
| learning platform for people instead of a learning platform as envisioned by
| software developers.


The status of Sugar, post-OLPC

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| We’ve been working to establish Local Labs, grassroots organizations which,
| in our mind, will fill up the gap left by OLPC in deployments.


Sugar Labs gets sweet with the GNOME Foundation

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| The GNOME foundation announced today that Sugar Labs has become its latest
| member and that Bender will become an active participant in the GNOME
| advisory board. Sugar leverages many technologies from the GNOME stack,
| including the GTK+ widget toolkit and the Telepathy messaging framework.
| Large parts of the Sugar user interface were developed in the Python
| programming language with the GTK+ bindings. Sugar is packaged for several
| distributions, including Fedora and Ubuntu, and is distributed under the
| GNU's General Public License (GPL).


Sugar Labs Joins The GNOME Foundation


Sugar Labs Joins Conservancy

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| Sugar Labs today announced its membership in the Software Freedom
| Conservancy, an organization of Open Source and Free Software projects.
| Sugar Labs supports the free and open source desktop environment, Sugar,
| originally created for the One Laptop per Child Project (OLPC). The Sugar
| community now has an active global developer base that is focused on engaging
| young children in learning through computing and the Internet. As a member of
| the Conservancy, the Sugar community will work to accelerate the adoption of
| the Sugar learning platform and strengthening the project by attracting new
| industry members and community contributors.


Sugar-Coated Fedora LiveCD Gives A Taste of the OLPC XO

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| It's interesting to watch Sugar spread from the OLPC XO laptop and appear in
| several major distributions. Aside from encouraging wider development, it
| opens up a very targeted environment and platform to an audience of users who
| might never consider an OLPC machine.


Interview with Walter Bender of Sugar Labs

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| I'm happy to tell you that Sugar is still being distributed with the OLPC.
| Sugar is now in the hands of a half a million children and teachers
| worldwide, Bender says.


Edward Cherlin expands the vision of OLPC (video)

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| You may know about One Laptop per Child (OLPC), Sugar, and the many projects
| inspired by this initiative. You may not know Edward Mokurai Cherlin or of
| his plans for OLPC: Education, economic development, global commerce, all in
| an environmentally friendly, fair-trade context -- plus ending poverty at a
| profit. All in less than 40 minutes of conversation.



OLPC's Amazon Notebook Linux Only

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| “Contrary to some media reports, it will be a Linux-based XO Laptop that will
| be offered as part of the global initiative and not a dual-boot machine
| running both Windows and Linux,” OLPC said in a statement.


What do Free and Open Source Software Leaders Think of Microsoft?

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| "Microsoft suborned the One Laptop Per Child project, converting it into a
| massive Windows training campaign. The project says it is giving the
| purchasing governments 'more choice' by supporting Windows as well as
| GNU/Linux, but those governments will tend to choose Windows by default. In
| some countries, people will campaign to prevent that. If these campaigns
| succeed, the OLPC project may yet make a positive contribution to the world.
| Otherwise, it will do overall harm."


A Cutting Edge Sugar User Interface Demo

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| Overall I have to say that I'm very impressed by the improvements that Sugar
| has seen over the past few months. While it may take some time for them to
| trickle down into the stable builds it's great to see into what general
| direction things are moving. Personally I'm currently running faster 2056 and
| it's a relatively smooth ride so far with the notable exception of 'record'
| not working. And as much as I love 'record' the improved activity startup
| time alone more than makes up for this loss.


Why Sugar is a big deal for Windows

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| Leigh Dyer explains why the low-cost laptop interface is shaking up the OS
| world, and predicts why it could appear on millions of Windows systems.
| [...]
| More radical changes may be in store for the future. A lot of Sugar's
| features, like the mesh networking, user presence support, and the Journal's
| file store, could be useful across the Linux desktop, so these may end up
| decoupled from the Sugar UI and made available for separate use in a range of
| applications.


Sugar Labs' Walter Bender on the Sweetness of Collaborative Learning

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| He has founded Sugar Labs, a foundation that seeks to advance development of
| Sugar, the user interface originally designed for OLPC.


Linux start-up Sugar Labs in informal talks with four laptop makers

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| Sugar Laboratories, Inc. is now in informal discussions with four ultra-low
| cost laptop manufacturers about the possibility of running its Linux software
| on their hardware, according to the new company's founder.

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