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What is sugar on a stick? Basically its a whole computer operating system(based on Fedora Linux), which can be installed onto a USB stick; when sugar is booted(from the USB stick) it presents a user desktop interface, which is different from windows in that there is no start button, only icons. The idea of sugar on a stick as I understand it, is that any child who has sugar installed on a flash drive stick is not confined to any particular computer, but can take sugar with them and boot it from any computer.
Clicking on any icon starts up a particular application "an educational program. " The collection of educational games are similar to other educational software such as gCompris, but to me it has one program that the others do not, and that is the speech application
You can select from more than 15 languages, and type your language of choice in the exact way that language is written and the program will give you a 99 percent accurate audio pronunciation of the text you entered. So if you have a phrase book, you can just type the words you can not pronounce into the robots text box. You can just keep hitting enter button on your key board to get the robot to say the word back to you as many time as you want .Neat and also free, similar software can be expensiveTo get sugar on a usb stick using WINDOWS, you just need three things:
i) Preferably a virgin USB flash drive like kingston ,lexar or some other brand , but with at least 3Gig of memory
ii) An installer which will be used to install the sugar operating system and user interface onto a USB stick. Get it here: liveusb-creator-3.11.7-setup.exe
iii) The operating software itself called Fedora-17-i686-Live-Soas.iso , and you can get it here: Fedora-17-i686-Live_SoaS.iso
Firstly download the two files needed i.e Fedora-17-i686-Live-SoaS.iso and liveusb-creator-3.11.7-setup.exe
The Desktop is a good place as any, at least you can see where they are.
Double click on the liveusb-creator-3.11.7-setup.exe file and this will get this installer, installed itself into windows, program file. Once installed you can start this program from start, programs.
When you fire up this program a small GUI(graphic user interface will appear, on the left of this GUI you will see the words "use existing live CD "and under these words, a browse button.Click on this button and select, and scroll as required to select the Fedora-17-i686-Live-Soas.iso you have on your desktop.
The target device just means , on which USB stick do yo want to install Fedora-17-i686-Live-Soas.iso onto
Once you have correctly selected the USB stick where you want to install sugar, and have selected Fedora-17-i686-Live-SoaS.iso , hit the create live USb button.When you see that the green progress bar has reached 100 percent, the job is done
Now we need to re-start the computer, and boot from the stick. One way is to hit F11 or appropriate button for your computer to get to a sub boot menu
I have windows, and slackware 14 installed side by side on the same hard drive as a " dual boot system" ; it uses Lilo as the boot manager so all I have to do is add "sugar" to the Lilo boot splash menu
This is how it worked for me:
I made sure USB stick containing sugar is slotted into one of the USB ports, then I put booted up into Slackware14 and from the command line #fdisk -l ; this will give you info on your stick such as /dev/sdb1
Next you can either run #liloconf, or edit lilo.conf( such as vim /etc/lilo.conf) and then update lilo.conf.
Update lilo using #lilo -v
If your sugar stick is at /dev/sdb1 then adding this entry to lilo.conf should work(its an extract from my own lilo.conf worked for me and this is my actual entry: