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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RE[6]: Hehehe...
by BluenoseJake on Thu 12th Apr 2007 04:31 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Hehehe..."
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I never said it was a failure, I said that the UI is a mistake. I may be proven wrong. I may be proven right.

It is not when these children are growing up that the OLPC interface will be the problem, it is after they are grown up, and thrust into say, a university environment and all the other kids have used Windows/OS X/KDE/Gnome all their lives, they will have to take the time to learn the more complex and richer interfaces. This will distract from the task at hand, education. if the OLPC is the only computer a student has used, they will be at a disadvantage.

For 6 years I worked at a university in IT. We had an institute that had students from developing countries come and stay for a year at a time for various development, social, community and infrastructure building/planning curriculum. Most had trouble adjusting to the more advanced technology at their disposal in Canada. Most of them had used computers before, but the changes in interfaces and functionality led to some very big hurdles for them to overcome.

I don't speak out of my ass on this particular topic, I have seen it first hand. All most all of the students caught up sooner or later, but they struggled with it. And these students were not competing for grades, scholarships or co-op placements. The same thing can happen here, and I believe it will

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