What is sugar in an XO laptop

In April Mr. Juma came to Eshibinga to teach us on how to use an xo laptop. His teaching is helping us now. We got two new computers today. Then our teacher Mr. Peter told us to remember some of the things we were taught.
I just remembered one word. Sugar. We were told that sugar is the operating system for the XO. It organizes the systems that run the clock, activates the Activities, and store the Journal entries. The Terminal Activity runs text-based commands for your XO instead of the Sugar graphical commands.
What nobody has told us is , why did they name it sugar? Why not give it a name like coffee, or milk or water?
Please tell me?
Mary
Eshibinga Primary?

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4 Responses to What is sugar in an XO laptop

  1. fgrose says:

    See this section from Wikipedia,
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Sugar_(desktop_environment)#Origin_of_Name.3F

    Origin of Name?

    Where did the name come from? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 59.167.220.129 (talk) 22:29, 26 November 2009 (UTC)

    It was an internal working name conceived by the Red Hat team (Marco Gritti, as I recall) and it just stuck. –Walter.bender (talk) 21:44, 18 December 2009 (UTC)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syntactic_sugar
    Syntactic sugar is a computer science term that refers to syntax within a programming language that is designed to make things easier to read or to express, while alternative ways of expressing them exist. This is the origin of the Scheme extension, Sugar, a front end to the Lisp reader. –FGrose (talk) 15:41, 21 August 2011 (UTC)

  2. Sugar was an internal name but it somehow managed to stick. But Sugar is sweet!!

  3. Sam says:

    Dear Mary,

    It is called Sugar because it is meant to be sweet, a pleasure to use, and to mix well with other things.

  4. Tomeu says:

    I think to remember that Marco told me that a friend of him suggested the name, and the team started using it as an internal code name within OLPC.

    When Sugar started to live outside OLPC, the internal name became the brand.

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