The former president of software and content for the One Laptop Per Child foundation has launched a new initiative in the wake of the project’s decision to ship with Windows XP, VNUNet.com reports. Walter Bender said his new Sugar Labs Foundation is being established to further extend Sugar, the acclaimed open-source learning platform originally developed for One Laptop Per Child’s 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. "This is a very exciting time in the development of software for children’s education," said Bender. "In the first generation of the Sugar UI, the free and open-source community has demonstrated an exceptional ability to create a platform that enables children to explore the world, share their discoveries, and express themselves…"

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