Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Apr 2007 22:00 UTC, submitted by michuk
Graphics, User Interfaces "Red Hat has recently shared with the world the first ISO images of the system that is supposed to be installed on the OLPC laptops. I suddenly felt an irresistible temptation. I downloaded 291 MB ISO, burned it on a CD and started testing. Here is what I got."
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Looks interesting
by npang on Wed 11th Apr 2007 12:14 UTC
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2006-11-26

Basing my critique on the information presented by this article as well as the interface section of the OLPC wiki, my opinion of SugarUI as a user interface to be not quite satisfactory. I don't agree with some of the design decisions that this project has chosen but it seems somewhat better than traditional Window, Icon, Menu, and Pointer (WIMP) GUI style that we are all used to.

One example is that I don't agree with SugarUI's pervasive use of a sole pictorial icon to represent a particular task, command or modal state. I understand the purpose of minimising the use of text (the intended audience may be illiterate) but I believe this to be bunk. The user would still require training for each icon so there may as well be text to convey more information for people that do know how to read.

I like how the two toolbars are at the top and bottom of the screen. This makes it really easy to target with a pointing device. One thing that I really like according to the wiki is that data will be automatically saved by the system. There aren't many reasons in this day and age why the computer doesn't automatically save the data that the user cares about.

This interface is intended for children for general purpose learning and may be "too simple" for "Real Work" (TM) but the paradigms that this project is proposing may very well be superior than what we have today. I don't like this current implementation but I will keep my eye on this project as it looks interesting.

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