OLPC OS on Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi are a series of small computers developed in the United Kingdom by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to promote teaching of basic computer science in schools and in developing countries. — Wikipedia

The Sugar learning environment used on OLPC OS also works on Raspberry Pi, though it does take a few extra steps.

See How to load Sugar on Raspbian Buster.

Updated Sugar Activities in OLPC OS 13.2.11

Get updated activities for our XO-1, XO-1.5, XO-1.75 and XO-4 laptops. Use the Software Update icon in My Settings.

Software Update

Or to install afresh, see the release notes for OLPC OS 13.2.11.

Updates are better dark modes, fullscreen feature, better font sizes, many new translations, and lots of fixes.

Browse activity has a better fullscreen presentation, a dark mode for reading PDF files, and fixes to sharing with others.

Calculate activity has non-arabic numerals, better font size, a few fixes to display precision and mathematical errors.

Chat activity can now search chat text.

Maze activity offers hazards in the maze and draws faster.

Moon activity includes lunar ephemerides to 2024.

Pippy activity has a dark mode, and shares source code notebook tabs better.

Read activity has a dark mode, for reading electronic books at night.

Terminal activity has a dark mode, a new button to clear the history, and fixes to the Help button.

Write activity can merge and split table cells, and fixes to the create table feature.

OLPC OS 13.2.11 is the work of OLPC, volunteers at Sugar Labs, along with students and contestants at Google Summer of Code and Google Code-in.

Our thanks to all contributors, testers, upstreams, and those who have provided feedback of any kind.

“I Miss The OLPC”

Gizmodo’s Andrew Liszewski has written about the OLPC XO-1.

With roughly three million OLPC XO laptops shipped to children since we began, we are glad to have achieved change.

Sugar learning software is still available from OLPC on our laptops, or from Sugar Labs on anyone else’s laptops. Some of the Sugar software is available for tablets and phones, and a new Music Blocks Programming Language is published.

Sugar Labs participated in Google Summer of Code this year, and is preparing now for Google Code-In.

Children are still without food, water, safety, parents, education, books, devices, and connectivity. There’s still work to be done.

Let’s do it!

Local Learning

City-designed schooling can be difficult to implement in rural areas, which is not always evident to those who design national educational systems and curriculum. See National curriculums don’t always work for rural and regional schools by Alison Willis, Lecturer, School of Education, University of the Sunshine Coast, in Australia.

An open one to one device program such as One Laptop per Child can help rural and regional schools by;

  • including devices in local learning lessons,
  • supporting local research or content curation by learners,
  • creating projects, programs and curriculum that addresses local concerns and issues,
  • enabling custom content or software installed by teachers or volunteers to meet local needs.

OLPC is committed to the creation of learning environments which foster the greatest development of all children. OLPC’s experience has shown children learn best when they are engaged in learning that is meaningful and active. For help with custom content or software, contact us.