It’s been a while since I first checked out Sugar on a Stick, a project that lets you install the OLPC XO Laptop’s operating system on a USB stick and run it from pretty much any netbook. It’s an interesting project, and the Sugar OS is full of educational goodies designed to teach kids with little prior computer experience how to communicate, work, and play on a laptop. But it’s not really that useful if you’re looking for an alternative to Windows, OS X, or a more traditional Linux desktop like Ubuntu.

Still, it’s certainly worth checking out if you’re interested in following the progress of the OLPC and Sugar projects. And today Sugar Labs released Sugar on a Stick 1.0, which can run on pretty much any PC and recent Macs with Intel processors. The operating system is designed for use in educational settings, and it’s set up to work with a school server that lets teachers distribute content, collect homework, or backup files from individual laptops.

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