$5 for OLPC Software on a USB Stick

Bender left OLPC to found Sugar Labs, a company which promotes Sugar, the software used on OLPC machines. TechnologyReview reports that Sugar Labs will today announce Sugar on a Stick. For $5, you get the 40 applications running on all XO laptops on a 1GB USB stick (including Read, Write, Paint and Etoys) and the ability to turn old, clapped out computers into useful educational tools.

"What we are doing is taking a bunch of old machines that barely run Windows 2000, and turning them into something interesting and useful for essentially zero cost," says Bender. "It becomes a whole new computer running off the USB key; we can breathe new life into millions of decrepit old machines."

TechnolgyReview also reports that this summer, Sugar Labs will deploy the software at the Gardner Pilot Academy, an elementary school in Boston, under a $20,000 grant from the Gould Charitable Foundation.

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  • zzz_b
    I do not think those "decrepit old machines" can boot from a USB stick!
  • Hanin33
    sounds good... power to the people!
  • falchard
    Hate to agree but I agree, its a bad method to boot from a USB disk. Considering the age, you would be on USB 1.0 which has slow transfer speeds and may not be acceptable to do the read/write operations of a boot HDD.