Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Jan 2008 20:44 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems El Reg has an in-depth review of the XO laptop. They conclude: "There's a lot to like about the XO laptop. It's tough, it's great as an eBook reader, it has a big (for its category), high resolution screen. It runs silent and cool, has good battery life, and the clean design of the Sugar interface is easy to use. But several areas need work. The browser should be replaced by Firefox, and the Journal needs to support folders to match how people actually organise their work and play. Multimedia performance needs to be improved, which can hopefully be done through software. The XO needs a unified media player that supports all media types, along with playlists, and should be integrated with the UI. Most of these changes come down to the OLPC organisation placing more emphasis on real-world usability and less on their ideals of a perfect interface. If they can manage to do this, the XO laptop could be a great tool for learning and play."
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by mat69 on Thu 17th Jan 2008 22:16 UTC
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So ,conclusio: The UI sucks.
I guess Win 98 would work better. My dad still runs that on an AMD K6 2-450 and well it works (not good, but it yeah ...).

I really wonder why they opted for Sugar and not a different solution. There are so many UIs and WindowManagers for Linux with long time usage. Why not choose one of these?

And all that "it's easier for children" is BS. Learning for children is allways easy, it never gets easier in live, only harder.

It's great though that there is Opera for the XO.

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