OK, I've tried this out, and it works pretty well. To install Sugar, essentially a virtual XO, on Ubuntu Gutsy, do this:
- Add (using an terminal/editor or Synaptic)
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/jani/ubuntu gutsy main universe
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/jani/ubuntu gutsy main universe
sudo apt-get updateor the equivalent in Synaptic.
sudo apt-get install sugar-emulator sugar-activities.
sugar-emulatorin a terminal.
It works pretty well. The window is too big for my small laptop screen, and I'm not sure how to adjust that, but it is fine on my desktop. One notable omission is eToys. There are a number of activities I haven't seen before that are branded by MamaMedia. Not sure what's up with that; I don't really care as long as it is free software. Not sure what activities are going to be on the shipping laptop.