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[3]: Hehehe...
by archiesteel on Wed 11th Apr 2007 01:09 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Hehehe..."
archiesteel
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2005-07-02

I think you guys are partially missing the point...these tools are not designed to teach them about computers, but to act as learning aids for general knowledge. The goal isn't to create a generation of underage third-world hackers, but to help their education *overall*.

I wouldn't worry about kids somehow being "warped" by using an alternate UI, either...they'll probably have an easier time learning other UIs after this one than if they had never had any contact with a computer.

Those few computer whiz kids in there will find ways to install another system on the machine (probably Linux, as I don't see MS releasing a version of Windows for it...) and go from there.

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RE[4]: Hehehe...
by BluenoseJake on Wed 11th Apr 2007 19:01 in reply to "RE[3]: Hehehe..."
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2005-08-11

Computers are part of any well-rounded educational curriculum int he 21st century, and these children should be taught the skills needed to use the standard GUI interfaces that thier peers are using. If not, they may be at a disadvantage if the only computer experience they have is with OLPCs.

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RE[5]: Hehehe...
by archiesteel on Wed 11th Apr 2007 23:06 in reply to "RE[4]: Hehehe..."
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

I disagree. Learning an interface will not prevent you from learning another one, or even put you at a disadvantage when you do.

Case in point: computer games. They all have different interfaces - some quite complex - and yet people (kids, especially) navigate them without too much effort.

In any case, at the risk of repeating myself, computer skills are *not* the primary focus of the OLPC.

Here's a novel idea: why don't we wait until the project is actually launched and tried out before saying it's a failure, hmm?

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