Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jul 2007 12:41 UTC, submitted by AdamW
Intel "Ars Technica recently got its hands on the new Intel Classmate laptop computer, one of the new projects competing for a share of school-aged computer users in developing countries. I was able to survey this machine thanks to Helio Chissini de Castro of Mandriva. The unit I looked at was powered by a specialized version of Mandriva 2007, with customizations aimed at school-aged children."
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by netpython on Mon 9th Jul 2007 13:14 UTC
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but for impatient children who don't need Microsoft Word compatibility, perhaps KOffice would be a better solution

childeren who need Microsoft Word more likely aren't the targeted audience anyway.

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by PhilB on Mon 9th Jul 2007 15:05 UTC in reply to "re"
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2007-02-09

"with customizations aimed at school-aged children."

Bill Gates might be able to use it?

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another UMPC
by bolomkxxviii on Mon 9th Jul 2007 15:33 UTC
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2006-05-19

Interesting, but it seems a bit anemic compared to the Asus 701 (the Eee PC). Asus' comes with a 7" screen (and a 10" later this year), 4 / 8 / 16 GB flash storage, 512 MB RAM and 4 USB ports. I believe it runs on a modified version of Debian.

The classmate has the same size screen, but 1 GB storage, 256 MB RAM, 2 USB ports.

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RE: another UMPC
by bryanv on Mon 9th Jul 2007 18:13 UTC in reply to "another UMPC"
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2005-08-26

What exactly do you expect for $200?

Dee dee dee!

This is not targeted at professionals. It's targeted at the demographic that used to spend recess playing Oregon Trail.

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RE[2]: another UMPC
by bolomkxxviii on Mon 9th Jul 2007 18:24 UTC in reply to "RE: another UMPC"
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2006-05-19

The Asus 701 in base configuration has twice the memory, four times the storage and twice the USB ports for the same $200. No they are not targeting professionals with the classmate (or the Asus), but my personal opinion is the specs are too low even as a learning tool on the classmate. The small screen is fine for kids and the lack of optical drive shouldn't be a problem for the given task. The market will decide what format/price point is the winner, even in underdeveloped countries.

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