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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You are missing the point
by Samhain on Thu 17th Jan 2008 22:51 UTC
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Although I agree with some of the points you are making from my use with the XO (mine arrived 2 days ago) you are pretty much missing the point of this device.

You are reviewing this as a consumer electronics device. Telling what is missing before you would recommend going out and buying one of these. They are NOT for sale. You are never going to buy one. So the developers don't really care that it is missing the multi-media features that you want.

The OLPC is designed to be given away, and it will be given away as an educational tool, not something to play video's or mp3's with.

Does it still need work as an educational tool? Yes it does, but I bet the OLPC developers are going to work on those things and not your multi-media requirements.

Now, the device is open source. And this means that someone else (maybe even you) could indeed put some other OS on it that does the things you want. Open source is kind of cool that way. So if this is what you want then show us the code. I don't think the OLPC people are going to, and I don't think the kids in Mongolia that they are giving these too (remember it is not for sale in the west, will not be, and is not designed to be!) will care.

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