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 Soulbender on Wed 11th Apr 2007 04:51 UTC in reply to "RE: Hehehe..."
Soulbender
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2005-08-18

"it's well suited (and already impressive) for who it's intended for, though probably not for your average OSNews reader."

I find this kind of thinking almost insulting to the target audience. Are kids in 3rd world countries stupider than 1st world kids and can't handle Window/OSX/GNOME/KDE? That's bullshit. Any street kid can learn to use a computer regardless of OS and I seriously doubt that it's easier with a dumbed down interface. If it really is, why not target all kids?

I guess it's a miracle we have computers at all today seeing as my generation learned computers using C64 basic, assembler and such, eh?

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RE[3]: Hehehe...
by shykid on Wed 11th Apr 2007 07:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Hehehe..."
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2007-02-22

They are not stupider in the sense that they are less intelligent; however, they are less likely to be literate, and AFAIK, SugarUI focuses on removing text as much as possible.

Obviously, the lack of text makes it easier for someone illiterate to learn to use (and a lot of these kids may even learn to read on their OLPC, contrary to most first-world children who learn to read somewhat before using a computer or have mommy/daddy help them). Flooding a visual child with (verbal) text is difficult (not to mention discouraging) for them--it's similar to giving a technology-ignorant person with no interest in computers one without an OS or documentation and saying "Figure it out".

SugarUI's textlessness also makes translating it into other languages much easier. Translating a UI into a multitude of developing languages (and not using any terms, but kid-friendly ones) would be horrendously difficult.

I guess it's a miracle we have computers at all today seeing as my generation learned computers using C64 basic, assembler and such, eh?

It most likely took you a little while to learn BASIC and ASM, and I'm almost certain you knew how to read when you learned them. The OLPC is intended for its children to be able to "just use them" in no time.

People are missing the point of OLPC. It is not designed to be "just another computer"--it is designed to be a learning tool above all else. It's true that it will likely foster an interest in computers amongst its users, and if these children are as intelligent as their first-world counterparts (and they are, like you said), then learning another, more conventional UI will be easy to them.

Edited 2007-04-11 07:52

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RE[4]: Hehehe...
by devurandom on Wed 11th Apr 2007 08:53 in reply to "RE[3]: Hehehe..."
devurandom Member since:
2005-07-06

They are not stupider in the sense that they are less intelligent; however, they are less likely to be literate, and AFAIK, SugarUI focuses on removing text as much as possible.

This makes no sense at all. If they are not literate, what's the purpose of a web browser or a word processor on that machine?

If they are literate enough to browse the web and to write documents, they are surely literate enought to read text tooltips, for example.

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