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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I'm confused!
by pacmania1982 on Tue 10th Apr 2007 23:48 UTC
pacmania1982
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2006-12-30

Ok - so I've used a few OS's in my time including a number of Linux distributions and I'm 25, so I'm not one of these oldies that it takes me ages to get the hang of new fangled contraptions.

So - as I have a passing interest in the OLPC, I thought I'd take a look at what millions of children all over the world will be working with. And I for one am REALLY confused. How the hell do you quit an app without moving the mouse to the top to reveal some random circles that are not listed. The fonts in the painting application are too small. If the specs of this machine are so low, then why if you switch to regular Gnome are there desktop wall papers taking up disk space?

Oh I don't know - perhaps these kids have more brain power than I...I just think the whole UI concept is strange.

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RE: I'm confused!
by Finalzone on Wed 11th Apr 2007 03:31 in reply to "I'm confused!"
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2005-07-06

So - as I have a passing interest in the OLPC, I thought I'd take a look at what millions of children all over the world will be working with. And I for one am REALLY confused. How the hell do you quit an app without moving the mouse to the top to reveal some random circles that are not listed.

I strongly suggest to check the OLPC keyboard so you can figure out how to do it:
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Keyboard_layouts
Doing on the actual XO-2 machine (yes, I have the B2test OLPC) is easy as (x) button is the equivalent of ESC and Alt-F4.

The fonts in the painting application are too small. If the specs of this machine are so low, then why if you switch to regular Gnome are there desktop wall papers taking up disk space?
Remember these activities are still in progress. XO-2 machine runs at 1200x960 AFAIK.

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