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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Firefox?
by cromo on Thu 17th Jan 2008 23:50 UTC
cromo
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2006-06-17

I stopped reading at the "The browser should be replaced by Firefox" statement. Yeah. I can see in my imagination children waiting couple of minutes for it to open. Not mentioning the energy waste.

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RE: Firefox?
by helf on Fri 18th Jan 2008 00:21 in reply to "Firefox?"
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

LOL... wow, I haven't even read the article yet. Maybe I won't, now. Sounds like a moron wrote it.

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RE[2]: Firefox?
by Bobthearch on Fri 18th Jan 2008 02:45 in reply to "RE: Firefox?"
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2006-01-27

The review seemed like a balanced write-up that contained both positive and negative comments. Most of the critisisms, if true, were more balanced and relevent than the OSNews comments would have you believe.

The browser, for example. The writer wasn't just whining that his favorite browser wasn't included with the XO; he was highlighting browser features, really basic stuff, that were missing in the XO's browser choice.

I recommend you read the review for yourself.

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RE: Firefox?
by Decius on Fri 18th Jan 2008 07:25 in reply to "Firefox?"
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2006-01-03

I stopped reading at the "The browser should be replaced by Firefox" statement. Yeah. I can see in my imagination children waiting couple of minutes for it to open. Not mentioning the energy waste.


I didn't stop reading, but when he said that Opera was already available, IMHO probably the best portable browser out there(and certainly one of the best for low-power systems), I did think that his browser complaints were baseless and his review skewed.

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RE: Firefox?
by NxStY on Fri 18th Jan 2008 09:17 in reply to "Firefox?"
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2005-11-12

It already has the firefox browser, only with a different UI, and obviously it doesn't have those problems. What the author wants is the full firefox UI with the keyboard shortcuts and tabs etc.

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RE[2]: Firefox?
by Tim Locke on Fri 18th Jan 2008 14:48 in reply to "RE: Firefox?"
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2006-03-23

I read on the OLPC Wiki that the included Firefox does have tabs. Haven't tried it on mine yet.

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RE: Firefox?
by renox on Fri 18th Jan 2008 10:19 in reply to "Firefox?"
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2005-07-06

Yes, it was dumb by the author to suggest using FF on the OLPC (not enough resources): but his point that the current web browser on the OLPC suck is a real issue if true.

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RE[2]: Firefox?
by NxStY on Fri 18th Jan 2008 11:50 in reply to "RE: Firefox?"
NxStY Member since:
2005-11-12

Actually the XO-browser basically is firefox with a different UI. What he wants is the full UI with tabs and everything. Firefox isn't as bloated as some people think.

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