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08 December 2009, 10:24

Sugar on a Stick v2 - a.k.a. Blueberry - released

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Zoom The Read activity now features EPUB support.
Sugar Labs, the organisation behind the One Laptop Per Child's XO laptop software, has released Sugar on a Stick version 2.0 - a.k.a. Blueberry. Sugar on a Stick is a version of the free open source Sugar Learning Platform that can be installed on a bootable USB flash drive to run on a conventional desktop, notebook or netbook computer. Blueberry, the latest release of the child-friendly operating system, is based on Fedora 12 and includes a number of new features.

As Sugar on a Stick 2.0 ships with the latest 0.86.3 Sugar release, it features newly redesigned toolbars, improved wireless networking, easier keyboard configuration and better Gnash support for Adobe Flash content. The Sugar Learning Platform includes several collaborative applications, which Sugar calls "Activities". The Browse activity now includes support for tabbed browsing and Read adds EPUB file support for e-books. Other improvements to the standard collection of Activities include changes to the SocialCalc spreadsheet activity, allowing users to do more complex mathematical calculations, and updates to the TamTam activate suite, Physics and TurtleArt.

More details about the release can be found in the Blueberry and 0.86 release notes. Sugar on a Stick v2 Blueberry is available to download and requires a Windows, Mac OS X or Linux system to transfer the image to a USB flash drive that is at least 1 GB in size. Sugar on a Stick is released under version 2 of the GNU General Public License (GPLv2).

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