Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Jan 2008 20:44 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems El Reg has an in-depth review of the XO laptop. They conclude: "There's a lot to like about the XO laptop. It's tough, it's great as an eBook reader, it has a big (for its category), high resolution screen. It runs silent and cool, has good battery life, and the clean design of the Sugar interface is easy to use. But several areas need work. The browser should be replaced by Firefox, and the Journal needs to support folders to match how people actually organise their work and play. Multimedia performance needs to be improved, which can hopefully be done through software. The XO needs a unified media player that supports all media types, along with playlists, and should be integrated with the UI. Most of these changes come down to the OLPC organisation placing more emphasis on real-world usability and less on their ideals of a perfect interface. If they can manage to do this, the XO laptop could be a great tool for learning and play."
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RE: You are missing the point
by mat69 on Thu 17th Jan 2008 23:25 UTC in reply to "You are missing the point"
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Well I thought it was for sale in the west.
Buy two and get one or something like that, where the second OX is given to a child in a poor country.

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Samhain Member since:

They are not really selling them. That is not what the "Give one, get one" campaign is all about.

They need money to finish the project and in order to get donations they promise to give you one and give one to a child. It is a limited time offer to raise capital, but the laptops were never designed to be sold and it is not supposed to continue.

Even still. That is missing the point that the laptop is designed for educational purposes and not as a media computer for consumer use.

But you can make it that if you wish.

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Bobthearch Member since:

That is missing the point that the laptop is designed for educational purposes and not as a media computer for consumer use.

Computer-based educational programs generally ~do~ include multimedia files and presentations. Playing/displaying a wide variety of media files types is critical for computers in an educational setting.

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jabbotts Member since:

It's still not a consumer gadget. The buy one give one is/was a great promotional event but the XO is not designed to be a consumar product. This continues to be a concept that us techie types can't seem to comprehend.

It's not a hardware project, it's a hardware supported education project. It's not a consumer product for us spoiled EU/North American kids to play the latest DivX on, it's a hardware tool specialized too the purpose it's meant to support.

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