Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Jun 2009 20:44 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Software originally developed for the One Laptop per Child project can now be used on any old PC. Sugar on a stick, as it is known, can be run from a USB drive to give aging PCs a new interface and access to collaborative educational software. The software, designed for use by children, was launched at the LinuxTag conference in Berlin. It has been developed by Sugar Labs, a breakaway organisation from OLPC. "[Sugar on a stick] is a great new opportunity to breathe new life into these old machines," Walter Bender, founder of Sugar Labs, told BBC News.
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Correction...
by umccullough on Wed 24th Jun 2009 21:46 UTC
umccullough
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2006-01-26

FTA: "used on any old PC."

Except those that don't boot from CD or USB stick ;)

Also, I suspect this is limited to x86-only? It mentions "Macs" - but it doesn't clarify if there's a PPC version.

I actually have a few old Pentium laptops still that either don't have optical drives at all, or don't support CD boot...

edit: acronym typo

Edited 2009-06-24 21:48 UTC

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Old?
by shiny on Thu 25th Jun 2009 06:15 UTC
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2005-08-09

I have an unpleasant feeling that in this context the "old PC" means "PIII with 256 MB of RAM" or more.
Not really what I'm used think of an old PC.

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RE: Old?
by Bobthearch on Fri 26th Jun 2009 14:46 UTC in reply to "Old?"
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2006-01-27

Well, a computer that's much older than a P4 won't be able to boot from a USB drive, and a computer older than a PIII may not even have USB at all.

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why is this necessary?
by tobyv on Sun 28th Jun 2009 01:28 UTC
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2008-08-25

why give children old unreliable hardware when a new laptop is less than 100$ @ laptop.org??

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