June 26, 2009, 8:15 am
Sugar Labs, a nonprofit organization that builds open source educational software, has announced the official release of Sugar on a Stick, a Linux-based platform that includes a suite of child-friendly learning tools. The software is available for download and is designed to be run entirely from a USB memory stick or similar removable media.
Sugar Labs was founded last year by Walter Bender, the former software president of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project. Bender split from OLPC along with several other key figures following organizational changes that raised serious questions about OLPC's long-term viability and commitment to the open source philosophy. Sugar Labs has taken on the role of maintaining OLPC's Sugar learning environment and seeks to make it accessible to a significantly broader audience.