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[2]: Hehehe...
by intangible on Tue 10th Apr 2007 22:54 UTC in reply to "RE: Hehehe..."
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I think people underestimate these target children...

So instead of providing them with a standardized interface, we give them a custom one with "mystery meat" navigation (no tooltips to an icon's function) and a crippled browser (no url entry field).

So what if a standardized interface is more complex, these kids are going to have these computers for months-years potentially, leaving them stuck with a dumbed down interface for the many years they want these computers to last isn't going to help much.

Oh, and what's with the GTK theme they're using (in the abiword dialog) is that sucktastic 0.1 or something? GTK is system-wide themeable, why didn't they spend the one afternoon to make a theme to tie the GTK pieces into the Sugar pieces? Hopefully they'll do that before releasing it to the world... These things may be without internet connection for months to years at a time after deployment, the initial setup should be solid.

Since I'm griping, I'll add one more: saving as Doc instead of ODF by default?! WTH? And no terminal for when the kid does advance to the point when they want to program.... And no file-browser whatsoever?!

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RE[3]: Hehehe...
by Moochman on Wed 11th Apr 2007 02:48 in reply to "RE[2]: Hehehe..."
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The GTK theme is likely the way it is because of the screen's special nature.

ODF would be nice but let's face it, .doc is the most compatible format with the rest of the world at this point. And Abiword's ODF support isn't really up to snuff at this point, AFAIK. Maybe (hopefully) they'll change it in future releases.

Edited 2007-04-11 02:49

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RE[4]: Hehehe...
by devurandom on Wed 11th Apr 2007 08:51 in reply to "RE[3]: Hehehe..."
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Ok, and why not RTF, that EVERY word processor supports perfectly?

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