Opened 15 years ago

Closed 13 years ago

#598 closed task (wontfix)

Boot Helper Virtual Machine

Reported by: CarolineM Owned by: lfaraone
Priority: Unspecified by Maintainer Milestone: Unspecified
Component: Sugar on a Stick (SoaS) Version: Unspecified
Severity: Blocker Keywords:
Cc: sdz, sascha_silbe Distribution/OS: Unspecified
Bug Status: New


We have computers in computer labs at Schools and we want each student to have their own Sugar, with their Journal and their data.

One way to accomplish this is to install some variety of virtual machine that works like the Boot Helper CD. That is it starts the boot but it looks to the USB for identity and files.

Currently for our Boston Pilots we need this for.

Windows 2000

I am listing this as a blocker because if we could get this to work it would be a huge step towards getting kids using Sugar at the GPA School.

Note that in this case we have access to the machines so we can manually install anything. We do not necessarily need the same solution for both OSes. We don't necessarily need one-click easy install.

Also note that the student Mac Laptops do not have parallels software. Teachers do, but the new student laptop cart does not.

Change History (9)

comment:1 Changed 15 years ago by FGrose

  • Bug Status changed from Unconfirmed to New
  • Cc lfaraone sascha_silbe added
  • Distribution/OS changed from Unspecified to SoaS
  • Type changed from defect to task

comment:3 Changed 15 years ago by lfaraone

  • Cc sdz added; lfaraone removed
  • Owner changed from sdz to lfaraone
  • Status changed from new to assigned

comment:4 Changed 14 years ago by sascha_silbe

  • Distribution/OS changed from SoaS to Unspecified

Bulk change distribution=SoaS -> component=SoaS

comment:5 Changed 14 years ago by satellit

Virtualbox Prebuilt Appliances seem to Work well on intel Mac's

comment:6 Changed 13 years ago by satellit

Another suggestion: Put the individual Student's Virtual Machine Appliance on a their USB stick and open it from the Mac or Windoz machine running VMplayer or Virtualbox.( Note that USB sticks are about 10x slower than HD install.) Then the student can open it on any machine at home or school. Plus the Appliance can be copied (or exported in Latest Virtualbox) from the stick for a backup.

comment:7 Changed 13 years ago by satellit


1_) Install Virtualbox on USB and use it to open files on 2nd USB (Easy to do with Persistence file )
Use appropriate Boot CD (below to Boo)t USB

2_) Build a Remix with Virtualbox installed to Autostart. ( I am not sure how) Burn Remix .iso; then Boot CD with "C" on Mac; point Virtualbox to Student's files on a separate USB

Look at:

How to make a bootable USB using only Mac:

comment:9 Changed 13 years ago by pbrobinson

  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Status changed from assigned to closed

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