Building a smarter computing culture in Fargo, ND
Davin, the computer science undergrad working on our project, just showed me Sugar in a Virtual Box on a Stick. It failed on my netbook (only 1GB ram) but worked beautifully on his super-powerful gaming laptop. He is also running it off an 8GB USB, but we ordered 4GB USBs for the project, so he is going to scale it down a bit for our smaller sticks. We saved about $5 a stick going with 4GB rather than 8GB, about $2500 for our order of 500. The size of stick needed to run the SVBS might be a bit of a cost inhibitor for some.
We don’t know if the school Netbooks have 1 or 2 GB ram. Obviously we made some avoidable mistakes–not getting the full specs from the school, not talking through the full implications of 4GB vs 8GB. But if we can get SVBS working consistently in our project, and have it available for the Sugar community to download and burn, this might be a big step forward for students and teachers who find the boot from drive to be a barrier to Sugar use.