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
Contributors approved via community consensus
Walter Bender

Sugar Labs is a software-development and learning community.

Sugar Labs is a community-run software project 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.[citation needed] 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 roughly a six-month cycle, the Sugar Labs community releases a new version of the Sugar software. The most recent stable release is Version 0.102. Release Candidate Sucrose 0.103.1 unstable release is available for testing.

On 2009-06-23, Sugar Labs announced the availability of Sugar on a Stick v1 Strawberry, the first of a series of Live USB images that are 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] Updates to Sugar on a Stick are released approximately every six months as Fedora spins. Trisquel also makes a Live USB image with Sugar (TOAST). Version 7 incorporates Sugar 0.102.

The Sugar Labs community participates in events for teachers, students and software developers interested in the Sugar software, such as the Montevideo Youth Summit [8] and Turtle Art Day [9]

Sugar Labs also participates in Google Code-in,[10] which serves as an outlet for young programmers.


  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. ^ Encuentro de jóvenes programadores de todo el mundo, ANEP, 2014-09-25 
  9. ^ Hoy es el Día de TortugArte, en Caacupé, ABC Color, 2013-10-12 
  10. ^ 3, 2, 1 Code-in: Inviting teens to contribute to open source, Google Open Source Blog, 2014-12-01 

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