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XO 1.5: Create, Collaborate, Contribute

As the mystery around the XO-1.5 unfurls, take part in something historic! Approximately 30 XO-1.5 B2 units are now available at OLPC in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Given that our supply is limited, we want our allocation to be fair and meritocratic.Read the rest of this entry

FoodForce2 update: facelift and new website

Foodforce2 team has released a stable release of FoodForce2 activity, and has refreshed its website at www.foodforce2.com.  (Aside from the delicious but lapsed Rollca Rollcats, this makes it the first Sugar activity to develop its own site!)  FF2 saw a great response this summer, with close to 150 thousand downloads over 6 months after the Beta version was released in May. This game has been developed to make the children learn to apply their education to build a self-sustainable village and learn to trade and strategize in a fun way. [caption id="attachment_1015" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="You are given responsibility of the village during an important wedding."]You are given responsibility of the village during an important wedding.[/caption]
The team welcomes your feedback and would like to encourage you to give the game a try. The new release has lots of improvements, with an improved story and interface, better save/resume, customizable building placement, and the fantastic panoramic photographs from its earlier versions.  Details after the jump.

Scratch the World! ANIMATE contest & updated Sugar activity

For those who haven't noticed Scratch taking over the world, OLPC France published a lovely essay about the contest and the value of Scratch and Etoys for young students.
La promesse selon laquelle le projet CEIBAL donnerait aux élèves du pays des perspectives de réduction du fossé numérique et d’inclusion numérique n’est pas vaine, puisqu’ils sont désormais en mesure d’échanger d’égal à égal avec les jeunes créateurs Scratch appartenant à une communauté internationale à laquelle on doit déjà près d’un milliRead the rest of this entry

Sugar Labs releases SoaS Mirabelle, Sugar Creation Kit

Sugar Labs recently announced their latest build of Sugar on a Stick (codename: MIRABELLE), along with the Sugar Creation Kit. OLPCN has a Mirabelle retrospective by one of the contibuting developers, and the inimitable Mel Chua offers Read the rest of this entry

Sugar on Nokia, Ubuntu, and computers near you

Sugar has been moving steadily to many platforms and distros beyond the XO and Fedora. Last year Guy Sheffer helped to get it working on the Nokia 810. This February it was repackaged for Ubuntu.Read the rest of this entry

OLPC testers get support from Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's Virtusa has been working with our support gang over the past six months to provide a team of testers to help improve test depth and quality for new Sugar releases.Read the rest of this entry

Sugar goes mainstream... on a stick

A recent publicity push and a number of public demonstrations of Sugar on a Stick (which recently released its Strawberry edition) have attracted many interested new developers and a lot of intrigued parents and teachers.  I've seen it mentioned on digitial library lists and public education channels, in contexts that wouldn't normally be discussing laptops or computers. Sean Daly writes about a recent round of feedback from a local community Read the rest of this entry

XO 1.5: Create, Collaborate, Contribute

As the mystery around the XO-1.5 unfurls, take part in something historic! Approximately 30 XO-1.5 B2 units are now available at OLPC in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Given that our supply is limited, we want our allocation to be fair and meritocratic.Read the rest of this entry

FoodForce2 update: facelift and new website

Foodforce2 team has released a stable release of FoodForce2 activity, and has refreshed its website at www.foodforce2.com.  (Aside from the delicious but lapsed Rollca Rollcats, this makes it the first Sugar activity to develop its own site!)  FF2 saw a great response this summer, with close to 150 thousand downloads over 6 months after the Beta version was released in May. This game has been developed to make the children learn to apply their education to build a self-sustainable village and learn to trade and strategize in a fun way. [caption id="attachment_1015" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="You are given responsibility of the village during an important wedding."]You are given responsibility of the village during an important wedding.[/caption]
The team welcomes your feedback and would like to encourage you to give the game a try. The new release has lots of improvements, with an improved story and interface, better save/resume, customizable building placement, and the fantastic panoramic photographs from its earlier versions.  Details after the jump.

Sugar and OLPC in rural Argentina

The La Rioja pilot is underway, with the first of 60,000 XOs being distributed and field reports coming in from reactivated's Daniel Drake. Local news are reporting on the need to bring laptops to places where noone comes, and the value of Sugar to young learners. The latest article in La Nacion includes an intro video by Ariel Torres about the OLPC project, with a nice Wikipedia cameo.