sugar on a stick 2

Sugar OS is the custom Linux user interface designed for the OLPC XO Laptop. Sugar on a Stick is a project that lets you run Sugar from a USB flash drive, no XO laptop required. I first checked out Sugar on a Stick earlier this year, when it was still a bit rough around the edges. But at the Netbook World Summit in Paris today, Sugar Labs CEO Walter Bender introduces Sugar on a Stick version 2.0.

The new version is code-named Blueberry (which is a step up from the previous Strawberry release). It’s built on Fedora 12 and includes a few new tricks such as support for Flash. There’s also a new version of Open Office 4 Kids, which is a stripped down version of OpenOffice.org.It also includes improved wireless networking, easier keyboard configuration, and updated versions of the applications that were available on earlier versions.

You’ll need a 1GB or larger flash drive to use Sugar on a Stick. You can download the 589MB image from the Sugar OS wiki, which also has installation instructions.

Johannes from NewGadgets.de captured some video of the Sugar on a Stick 2.0 launch at the Netbook World Summit. You can watch it after the break.

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11 replies on “Sugar on a Stick v2 brings OLPC interface to any netbook”

  1. Cooupled with about a 10% increase in efficiency for modulating the actual frequencies, the speedup should improve the theoretical transfer speeds to as much as 1Gbps, or more than three times that of 802.11n. As the technology is still in the debate phase, its specifications are likely to change.

  2. Now just need a combo stick… ONE with MESH NETWORKING as a stick with Flash built-in to run Sugar too.

    Where is the hardware folks as everyone would love to buy a USB Mesh Networking “stick”… I know that I would.

  3. It would be interesting to see how it works on my Asus EEE 701a netbook. It would be nice to be able to buy it already on a flash drive.

    It would be neat to find out how it gets on a flash drive and use it to see if one can try other os’s by putting them on a flash drive.

    1. Flash drive manufacturers should try the pre-installed OS gimmick instead of the “looks like a surfboard”, etc., visual gimmicks. If I went to get a flash drive and saw a pre-installed linux (or other) OS ready-to-boot, I would get it to try and just wipe afterwards if I didn’t like it.
      I say this because I have tried various USB installed OSes that I made on my own and had varying success with them, where I seemed to have no problem with the burned CD image.

      1. I have even heard rumours about os’s on SD cards. I have yet to see one though. It would make installing or using an os on a netbook easier since it does not require an optical drive. My two netbooks have a SD card slot so it does not take up more USB ports.

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