Sugar Labs

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Sugar Labs
Formation 2008-05-15[1]
Type NGO and Non profit organization
Purpose Educational
Headquarters Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Region served Worldwide
Membership Contributors approved via community consensus
President Walter Bender
Staff 0
Volunteers 100+

Sugar Labs is a software-development and learning community.

Sugar Labs is a non-profit foundation whose mission is to produce, distribute, and support the use of the Sugar learning platform.[2][3][4] Sugar Labs supports the community of educators and software developers who want to extend the platform and who have been creating Sugar Activities. A community project, Sugar is available under the open-source GNU General Public License (GPL) and free to anyone who wants to use or extend it.

Sugar Labs is a member of the Software Freedom Conservancy, an organization composed of free software (FLOSS) projects.[5] "As a fiscal sponsor for FOSS projects, the Conservancy provides member projects with free financial and administrative services, but does not involve itself with technological and artistic decisions."

On 2009-06-23, Sugar Labs announced the availability of Sugar on a Stick v1 Strawberry. Available free for download at, Sugar on a Stick can be loaded onto an ordinary 1 GB USB flash drive and used to reboot any PC or netbook directly into the Sugar environment.[6] On 2009-07-23, Recycle went live with a program to reflash used USB keys with the Sugar software and donate them to schools.[7] On 2009-12-08, Sugar Labs announced the availability of Sugar on a Stick v2 Blueberry, which incorporates Sugar Release 0.86.[8]


  1. ^ "New foundation focused on taking the Sugar user interface to the next level of usability and utility". press release (Sugar Labs). 2008-05-15. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  2. ^ Jonathan Fildes (2008-05-16). "$100 laptop' platform moves on". BBC News Online (BBC). Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  3. ^ NYT:Why Walter Bender Left One Laptop Per Child
  4. ^ BusinessWeek: OLPC: The Educational Philosophy Controversy
  5. ^ Sugar Labs Joins Conservancy, 2008-12-09, retrieved 2009-03-18 
  6. ^ $100 Laptop Becomes a $5 PC, Technology Review, 2009-06-24 
  7. ^ - Donate your Flash Drives for a Good Cause, Everything USB, 2009-07-23 
  8. ^ New Sugar on a Stick Brings Much Needed Improvements, Wired, 2009-12-09 

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