Profile 4 - Sugar Labs / OLPC


Julien is currently working on a project to upgrade the Sugar OS for the OLPC.

Organizational Details

  • NGO and Non Profit Organization
  • Founded May 15th, 2008
  • Marco Presenti Gritti
  • Bert Freudenberg
  • Simon Schampijer
  • Bernardo Innocenti
  • Aaron Kaplan
  • Christoph Derndorfer
  • Tomeu Vizoso
  • Not on Stock Market
  • 0 Acquisitions
  • 0 Investments
  • Walter Bender (President)
  • 100+ Volunteers
  • Boston, MA
  • Wikipedia: SugarLabs


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Your subject likely runs or contributes to one or more Open Source products or projects. Choose one (or more) of these and answer the following questions:

  • If applicable, list and provide links to:
  • Sugar is the core component of a worldwide effort to provide every child with equal opportunity for a quality education.
  • The first commit was Apr 16, 2006. The latest commit was Apr 28, 2015.
  • Each core module and activity has it's own project lead and co-maintainers.
  • There are 62 people who have had commits accepted into the main project.
  • The core commiters have changed over time. At the beggining there were 3 major commiters who haven't added anything in awhile.
  • Daniel Varvaez is the Lead maintainer for the core sugar project.
  • There are different people working on the frontend and the backend.
  • Participation seems to be trending down recently but there was a big push between October 2014 and January 2015.
  • The project would pass the raptor test as there are multiple people running each team.
  • I don't think this project would pass the bus test. The documentations isn't as detailed as it could be.
  • Contributing to both the main process and adding new activities has a well documented getting started guide.
  • The documentation is well broken up so you only need to look at the things for the particular thing you're doing, such as the main project or an activiy.
  • I would contact the maintainers for whichever porition of the project I was working on, either by email or hopping into IRC.
  • Each individual portion of Sugar has it's own ruling group.


  • Sugar Labs helped produce the operating system and environment that runs on the One Laptop Per Child laptops.
  • Sugar OS is based off of Fedora and includes the “Sugar software.”
  • Sugar software is typically written in Python which is then turned into a Sugar activity that can be installed on OLPC laptops.
  • Also provide “Sugar-on-a-stick” which is a live USB based off Fedora that can be booted on any computer to use the Sugar environment.
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