Sugar on a Stick is a Fedora-based operating system featuring the award-winning Sugar Learning Platform and designed to fit on an ordinary USB thumbdrive ("stick").
Sugar sets aside the traditional “office-desktop” metaphor, presenting a child-friendly graphical environment. Sugar automatically saves your progress to a "Journal" on your stick, so teachers and parents can easily pull up "all collaborative web browsing sessions done in the past week" or "papers written with Daniel and Sarah in the last 24 hours" with a simple query rather than memorizing complex file/folder structures. Applications in Sugar are known as Activities, some of which are described below.
It is now deployable for the cost of a stick rather than a laptop; students can take their Sugar on a Stick thumbdrive to any machine - at school, at home, at a library or community center - and boot their customized computing environment without touching the host machine’s hard disk or existing system at all.
Access the internet with Browse Activity, bookmark sites to research with friends and save sessions to keep organized.
Download electronic books from all over the web. Explore with ease the classics and modern books from the Internet Archive, Feedbooks, etc.
Explore reports, documents, books and comics with the Read Activity.
Chat provides a simple interface for collaborative discussion between two individuals or among a group as large as an entire classroom.
The Journal provides an interface into a datastore of everything you've created in Sugar. Bookmarking and commenting tools integrate with the Journal to allow parents and teachers to review a child's learning progress.
Portfolio provides a means to create periodic snapshots in slideshow form of representative work that shows what the learner can do.
Learn programming concepts with snap together blocks. Create art, animations and interactive programs in a graphics focused environment.
Program applications in a simple environment. The Python backend provides unlimited opportunities within a simple language.
Jukebox is a simple media player to consume different kinds of audio and video files as well as your own creations.
Paint provides the tools to make artistic creations. Use brushes, stamps, shapes, text and images to create beautiful pictures.
Record is a basic rich-media capture Activity. It lets you capture still images, video, and/or audio.
A simple and fast image viewer tool for Sugar. It has standard features, like zoom and rotate.
Create a story, poem, report or anything with Write. Use formatting tools to add images or colors and work together with friends.
Put complex ideas on the computer. Use the Labyrinth Activity to mind map about new concepts, to explore new ideas or to reflect.
Create real life simulations using shapes, motors, ropes and bolts to explore physics in the world.
Use images and text to create comic strips. FotoToon provides many options to add motion, speech and thought to creations.
Users and developers are available in the #sugar matrix room on element.io for real-time chat.
Users and developers are also available on the mailing list at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Specific documentation and tutorials are available at the SoaS project upstream website.
Sometimes you may encounter an issue with this spin that you can get help with using general Fedora support resources. A list of resources is available at the Fedora “Get Help” page.