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openSUSE Li-f-e sweetened by Sugar

July 1st, 2009 by

Sugarlabs, creators of Sugar desktop environment for children recently released Sugar on a Stick (SoaS) Strawberry flavor. Strawberry is based on Fedora 11.

openSUSE Education team have also been working on getting Sugared up openSUSE in various (yet to be named) flavors :). Thomas C Gilliard (satellit) has put up openSUSE-Sugar VMWare appliance, get it from here. Apart from VMWare appliance openSUSE-Sugar is also available in live CD and USB/flash stick version.

Here are the instructions for running VMWare appliance. To deploy USB stick image, download the image – openSUSE-Sugar-liveUSB-unstable.i686-0.X.X-BuildX.XX.raw.bz2. and run this command to deploy on the stick plugged in /dev/sdX.

bzcat imagename.raw.bz2 | dd of=/dev/sdX bs=4k

Run dmesg to find out where the USB is plugged in, replace /dev/sdX with the actual device, for example: /dev/sdb and umount it before running this command.

We also have openSUSE Li-f-e : Linux for Education DVD that has Sugar launcher right on the gnome desktop, it contains same number of activities as Sugar only flavors.

David Van Assche(nubae) and the Moodle team are putting together great numbers of useful courses on newly launched education portal http://linux-for-education.org. Here teachers and students can find courses that helps learning their preferred subject with the aid of Li-f-e and other educational distributions. Check out the courses on Sugar and Perfect openSUSE Education Desktop.

Happy learning…

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