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OLPC Sugar software goes independent

The former president of software and content at One Laptop per Child has launched Sugar Labs in the wake of the project's decision to ship with Windows XP. Walter Bender said that Sugar Labs Foundation is being established to further extend Sugar, the acclaimed open source software platform originally developed for the OLPC XO laptop.

Sugar Labs will focus on providing a software "ecosystem" that enhances learning on the XO laptop as well as other laptops distributed by other companies, such as the ASUS Eee PC. The platform has already been bundled with the most recent release of the Ubuntu and Fedora GNU/Linux distributions.

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