The Fedora 23 Sugar on a Stick desktop offering is an unusually flexible computing desktop for children of all ages, school admins and organizations looking for the best bang for absolutely no bucks on existing computer hardware.
The Sugar environment is both a desktop and a collection of activities or apps that involve user engagement. Activities automatically save results to a journal. Users can add comments and share the activity instances with other users. Many of these activities support real-time collaboration.
As the name suggests, this Sugar desktop distribution fits on a USB drive, but you can just as easily run the ISO file as a standalone live session OS from USB or CD without making any changes to the hardware or removing the existing — possibly outdated — installed OS.
I spent years in the classroom using my own Linux-powered computers and providing students with open source software to facilitate their learning. That was before my school district got its act together by providing computers in the classrooms.
I found that most so-called portable OS offerings are well suited to student use in the classroom and at home. However, students not yet proficient with sophisticated computer use had a learning curve that slowed down their skills acquisition. The Sugar desktop is an ideal problem solver in getting technology and education on an equal footing for youngsters.