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Interactive learning desktop environment

License: GNU GPL
Web: http://www.


Sugar is the collaborative and constructionist educational environment that is popularly known due to its installation on the One Laptop Per Child's xo netbooks. It is in fact a window manager and environment (like GNOME and KDE), but it is designed especially for schools, having many educational activities that have been designed for it. It comes with many packages useful for learning, from Maths to physics, geography to biology. openSUSE has packaged about 50 activities in total for Sugar, with more activities available for installation from the activities repository. Activities that haven't been packaged can be downloaded directly from and installed by the user through the browse interface (the repository is similar to Firefox addons). If there are any activities that the community thinks should be packaged by us for easier installation and access please contact us.

We can always use help testing and maintaining Sugar on openSUSE, and if you are interested, drop by the IRC Freenode #opensuse-edu channel and talk to Cyberorg or Nubae.

How to install it

In this section we are using openSUSE 13.1 repository. If you are using a different openSUSE version, just change the part of the link which describes the version number.

 zypper ar oss-main
 zypper ar X11:Sugar
 zypper refresh
 zypper in sugar sugar-activities

You should now have Sugar available at the login screen or test it by launching sugar-emulator from inside Gnome/KDE.

Check out the Live DVD

Sugar is included in openSUSE-Edu Li-f-e gnome-classic edition, get it from here.


In the development releases there may be activities that don't run. To help us troubleshoot these, please send us the contents of the activity log files found under /home/<user>/.sugar/default/logs/

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