[Sugar-devel] Impact of the Sugarizer School Box | Rishabh Nambiar |

Rishabh Nambiar rishabhn at protonmail.com
Fri Mar 2 13:16:30 EST 2018

Hi everyone,
I had a quick chat with Michaël about moving forward with this GSoC project where he mentioned that the impact of the project should be discussed with the community:



Impact of the Sugarizer School Box

An instructor walks into a classroom, equipped with a Raspberry Pi 3 or Zero W with a pre-installed version of the proposed Sugarizer School Box distribution that Sugar Labs will be working on.
He/she simply connects the Pi to a power supply and instantly, a local WiFi network is set up, a Sugarizer server session starts automatically and they’re ready to go!

Students can log in to the WiFi AP made by the Pi and visit sugarizer.org (any other fixed url) on their local tablets/laptops/phones. So any computer connected to this WiFi can use the Sugarizer client and any tablet/phone with Sugarizer apps will benefit from the collaboration and backup features on the server. All of these student devices will be served by the Pi Wifi AP.


Processing Power

We’ll have to see how the Pi’s can cope with the load of serving multiple students along with the overhead of running a browser session for a client and the connected display.
I have a Raspberry Pi B+ and a Pi Zero W at my disposal that I can use to test this so I’ll post the results of combining sugarizer-server and a WiFi AP soon. It should do the job as we will not be having too many students on one Pi.

Network Limitations

It's a straightforward process to set up a local AP for the Pi with the sugarizer-server running but if there is a need for Internet connectivity, then we'll have to set up an Ethernet bridge to make this possible which is also not very complicated.


The setup process in a classroom should ideally just be connecting the Pi to a power supply.
Minor UX features like an auto-redirect to sugarizer.org after connecting to the WiFi AP can be implemented.

If anyone from the community has any opinions or concerns about how any part of the School Box experience should be, then that’d be awesome.

Rishabh Nambiar.
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