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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Comparing to cell phones?
by samad on Wed 11th Apr 2007 02:40 UTC
samad
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2006-03-31

The author compares the compatibility of SugarUI with advanced cell phones: "The capabilities of the applications that come with OLPC arenít much better than those of modern cell phones." Anyone can concur with the author on this point.

However: "In the not-so-poor countries like Mexico or Brazil, when the kids usually have some idea about computing and High Tech, OLPC may have problems with being usable enough." I believe making a comparison in the Third World is misleading because it doesn't take cost into consideration. It only takes features into consideration. Although OLPC is $100, a "modern cell phone" is probably around $500, not including the cost of cell phone bills. That makes advanced cell phones economically out of reach. Even if they weren't, cell phones do not have as nice as a user interface as a laptop for word processing or web browsing.

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RE: Comparing to cell phones?
by dagw on Wed 11th Apr 2007 09:12 in reply to "Comparing to cell phones?"
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2005-07-06

Even if many of these kids might never actually earn enough to buy a high end smartphone, they'll probably know what one looks like and what one can do, and use that as a comparison. And most high end smartphones come with a basic word processor and spreadsheet, web browser, mail client and a could of other basic productivity tools.

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SReilly Member since:
2006-12-28

Even if many of these kids might never actually earn enough to buy a high end smartphone, they'll probably know what one looks like and what one can do, and use that as a comparison.

You have got to be kidding me! Have you ever walked through a shanty town? Any body who has electricity is king in a shanty town. Many of these kids don't even know what a smart phone is, never mind what one does.

Sure, they may have seen a poster advertising Nokia's latest but that does not mean they can read the text, never mind the specs making any sense to them.

Dude, no offense, but what you said has no basis in reality when it comes to most third world countries.

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