Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 12th Nov 2006 22:46 UTC
AMD AMD has stopped its work on the Personal Internet Communicator project after nearly two years of planning and development. The PIC was announced in late 2004 as a USD 250 headless computer, sporting a Geode x86 processor, 128MB of RAM and a 10GB hard drive. PIC was designed for 'emerging markets' where the cost of computer hardware is seen as prohibitively high.
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RE[2]: Going with the EFIKA
by bbrv on Mon 13th Nov 2006 11:08 UTC in reply to "RE: Going with the EFIKA"
bbrv
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2006-06-04

All that said, the big difference in the approach is that the EFIKA can be assembled into many things and that assembly and fine tuning to the local market is an opportunity the local economy can absorb. The EFIKA will have OS options and can be many different things. Example:

http://projects.powerdeveloper.org/projects.php?program=EFIKA

Thanks for the introduction and the opportunity to post that.

R&B ;)

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RE[3]: Going with the EFIKA
by encia on Tue 14th Nov 2006 09:37 in reply to "RE[2]: Going with the EFIKA"
encia Member since:
2005-11-16

@R&B

"does not provide enough consideration to the flexibility and scope of application based on local input"

OLPC is a "laptop" i.e. refer any laptop PCs based on Intel Centrino and AMD Turion.

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RE[4]: Going with the EFIKA
by bbrv on Tue 14th Nov 2006 10:14 in reply to "RE[3]: Going with the EFIKA"
bbrv Member since:
2006-06-04

@encia

Right, that is the point. One size fits all? There is too much _embedded thinking_ in this approach (see http://bbrv.blogspot.com/2006/10/olpc.html ). The whole situation is more complicated and requires more engagement across the spectrum of people involved to insure the effort is successful. OLPC in its current form makes the ultimate objective (isn't it the democratization of ideas, increased communication and educational opportunity, etc.?) more difficult to achieve _for the people that will ultimately achieve it (suggesting here that it won't be OLPC as it is packaged and organized today that is successful) because OLPC distorts the requirements for success. Unfortunately, we have seen this before - http://bbrv.blogspot.com/2005/09/iwantmoreforless.html . Thanks, but no thanks. There is a social movement already working pretty well inspired by a Social Contract and managed through a license and governance model that seems to be doing the trick. Getting wired into that is the key on one end, enabling the flexibility at the point of deployment on the other end is equally important. Making it one size fits all not only restricts the output, but the input as well.

R&B ;)

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