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What is Ubuntu Sugar Remix?

The vision for the Ubuntu Sugar Remix is to provide students preK to 12 with a learning platform. We envision younger children using the Award wining Sugar Learning Platform and allowing older students to move to a standard Ubuntu desktop as they become cognitively ready, with an easy settings change.

USR will work on a wide variety of hardware, either installed on the hard drive or on a portable storage device, such as a USB stick. In our vision of the future USR will interact easily and seamlessly with an open source server environment (such as the XS project from Sugar) to provide backup and portfolio support (e.g. Mahara), collaboration, educational resources (e.g. local copies of Wikipedia) , Learning Management System (e.g. Moodle) and Student Information System (e.g. SchoolTool) types supports.

USR will allow students to assist students in accessing the internet and all its educational resources but will also allow them to work and learn in situations where they do not have internet access.

A smoke test for Ubuntu Sugar Remix can be found here.


==Sugar Desktop 0.88.1 on Ubuntu 11.04==


:Works fine if you drag-drop surf-115.xo to journal from 2nd usb.


:You then can install the applications you need from ASLO:

*Works fine. Tested on a new install 07/31/2011

suggestion choose "Ubuntu classic" from gdm log-in switcher. (This gives Classic Gnome Desktop)

:Tested on an ACER ASPIRE ONE N450 10" Netbook Everything seems to work including wireless.

==Sugar-desktop 0.88 on Ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10==

Sweets Distribution

:NEW 02/03/2011 alsroot and satellit

This is Dextrose 2, thus more than just Sugar 0.88, it contains several features that still are not committed to the trunk + bug fixes from 0.90+.

====Install sweets sugar 0.88.1 in Ubuntu-10.04/Trisquel-4.1 and Ubuntu-10.10/Trisquel-4.5====


* Terminal:

sudo su

Repository uses new gpg key, to import it:

  • gpg --keyserver --recv 3182B17D gpg --armor --export 3182B17D | sudo apt-key add -

Look for OK

*Start Synaptic Package Manager

Settings/Repositories/Other Software/Add..

For Ubuntu-10.04/Trisquel-4.1:

For Ubuntu-10.10/Trisquel-4.5:

Synaptic Package Manager/


*Quick Search (sweets)

*check sweets-distribution/apply



right click:

  • Add this launcher to the desktop

    Open (right click)/Properties/Command: sweets-sugar-emulator -f add -f to command (full screen) Close

*Click on Sugar Icon

My Settings

About my Computer:

  • Ubuntu 10.10 0.88.1

Frame/slide bottom slider full left


Sugar Desktop starts

  • Tested on install 04/05/2011 satellit

To turn off screensaver and power management:

HINT:CAPS lock does not always work in sugar-terminal so use shift key to get lower case.

  • terminal: xset s off xset -dpms

Getting Ubuntu Sugar Remix

Note: Remix is Depreciated

Step 1: Download Ubuntu Sugar Remix CD image

Hint; to pull in the latest updates including activities:

<ctrl> <alt> f5 will get terminal

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

Use this browser Surf-115.xo: (sugar-browse does not work)

  • Hint to install Surf: download Surf-115.xo to a USB (outside of sugar); Start USR Insert this USB and drag-drop it into the USR sugar-journal.

Sugar is available as menu item Education/Sugar; but it is not full screen and not all of the Sugar screen is visible.

  • For Full Screen right click on menu item and save to desktop, then open properties of icon on desktop and change command to "sugar-emulator -f" (full screen option) Start Sugar from this icon...

Step 2: Burn your Ubuntu Sugar Remix CD

  • After the ISO file has finished downloading, you will have to burn the file to a CD. The ISO file will most likely require a special application to burn. Click the link below to find detailed instructions. How to burn a CD image.

Step 3a: Install Ubuntu Sugar Remix

  • When the CD is ready, simply put it in your CD drive, restart your computer and follow the instructions that will appear on your screen. Don't forget that you can create more copies and pass the CD to as many people as you like.

Step 3b: For netbooks without a CD

  • Use System/Administration/"USB Startup Disk Creator" in a Ubuntu Desktop to Make an Installer USB. Use this USB to install USR on your netbook.

Installing Ubuntu Sugar Remix on Ubuntu 10.10

On Ubuntu 10.10, the ubuntu-sugar-remix package is available in Universe, so you do not need to add the apt repository to install it. Just:

  sudo apt-get install ubuntu-sugar-remix

and you're good to go.

Getting involved in Ubuntu Sugar Remix

Ubuntu Sugar Remix is Open Source Learning tool that is built by the Ubuntu Sugar Remix, Ubuntu(TM), and Sugar Labs® communities.

We communicate primarily with this mailing list:

Join us!

Using Ubuntu Sugar Remix

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