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Postby njj » Sun Dec 28, 2008 1:43 am

I can't find the way to change the names and colors. I have tried to reboot sugar and there is no control panel option. How do you know if you have the latest version? How do you get the latest version. I just got these and all I'm trying to do is let the kids decide the names they want to use.

Re: change name

Postby ncarrol » Sun Dec 28, 2008 12:06 pm

If your activities are arranged across the bottom, it is an older software. The newer software has the activities arranged in a circle around the X icon. The menu, with control panel as a choice, can be seen by hovering over the X.

Instructions for upgrading can be found:
Also see this forum: section "Operating System", article "Help for Mama upgrade frustrated" Dec 08.
After thought: If these are "regifted" and may be type B machines, see here if they can be upgraded:

If you received the older XO fresh from the factory, you will be asked for nickname / colors on the first power on.

The nickname and colors can be changed using the sugar-control-panel command in Terminal Activity (just open terminal DO NOT use su command). see end - the text runs off to the right on my older Windows machine.

For example: sugar-control-panel -s nick John to set the the name to John.
sugar-control-panel -s color red blue light medium
You must reboot for these to become effective (power off or use : Ctrl-Alt-Erase key combination)


If you have the older system, removing a file that contains the name / color information will force the XO to ask for the information on the next boot. (You could edit the file, but deleting it is the simplest)

The file is : /home/olpc/.sugar/default/config
(note the period before sugar -- no space)

The following requires that you first become familar with the use of the XO.

You must enter the Terminal Activity. Move the cursor into "white space" and press the left cursor button (X below touch pad). Enter the command su (and then Enter). You will get a prompt "bash-3.2#" . Be very careful that your typing is correct or bad things happen. Then type (followed with Enter):

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rm /home/olpc/.sugar/default/config

(note the space after the rm )

Return to the main screen (press key with dark circle with white dot -- upper row -- on left)
Close the Terminal Activity (menu under its icon). Shutdown the XO (menu under X icon).

On the next power on, you will be asked for a nickname and to select colors.
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