Today at the OLPC Learning Club DC meeting, we're learning Sugar on a Stick by creating liveUSB's and throwing Sugar on a number of netbooks.
Our first impression: Its FAST!
Timing the boot sequence for Sugar on a HP Mini Note, we clock a blazing fast 57 seconds from choosing Sugar to the Activities screen.
I wonder how much of that is just Atom vs. Geode or some level of optimization inherent in Sugar on a Stick?
Sugar USB Creator is Touchy
We had a 50% success rate with our efforts on making Sugar on a Stick using the Fedora LiveUSB creator and the Sugar ISO. No clue if that's a fault of all our multi-taking during creation or the messy variants of USB sticks we were working with.
Not Everything Works
Often, the cursor was missing on startup and various Activities didn't work - Speak, Scratch, and Browse. The latter is hampered by the inability of Sugar on a Stick to connect to any WiFi networks. Maybe that's encryption or drivers, but its annoying.
Overall Impression: Woohoo!
Its great to see Sugar leaping from the XO onto other hardware platforms. We tried the HP Mini Note, Aspire One, Samsung MC10, and a full-sized Dell Notebook, the last one converted from Windows Vista to the joy of its owner.
Or as several kids told their parents, "Dad, I'm putting Sugar on a Stick on your computer!"