[sugar] Sugar USB testing

Greg Dekoenigsberg gdk
Mon Oct 6 10:40:08 EDT 2008

On Mon, 6 Oct 2008, Morgan Collett wrote:

> On Sun, Oct 5, 2008 at 18:37, Walter Bender <walter.bender at gmail.com> wrote:
>> CCing the Sugar list.
>> It seems that one of the problems we will be encountering with generic
>> spins is footprint. Even a standard Ubuntu without Sugar was seeming
>> too fat to load from a LiveCD on a Pentium 4 with 256K of DRAM.
>> Although we didn't try it, I expect Fedora would present similar
>> challenges. I don't know how feasible it is to make a lean Fedora for
>> these use cases: Maybe the subset of packages we grab for the OLPC
>> image only. I defer to the magic that Dennis and Greg can yield.
>> Meanwhile, it is probably worth looking at some of the purposefully
>> small distros, such as TinyLinux, to see how bloated they get when we
>> build Sugar on top of them. It may be a good interim-term solution.
>> -walter
> In the Ubuntu case, it's worth mentioning that Xubuntu
> (http://www.xubuntu.org/) is a derivative that replaces GNOME with
> XFCE which is a much more lightweight window manager, and the default
> apps are also modified to include less resource intensive ones. Often
> education setups on older hardware use Xubuntu instead of Ubuntu, and
> it's worth using for Sugar LiveCDs too.

Sebastian has already built a slimmer version of the Fedora/Sugar Live 
spin, and is working on getting it integrated into a Windows-based 
installer.  Sugar is intended to be a first-class citizen starting with 


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