Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Sep 2005 10:32 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems The $100 (E 83,-) laptop computers that Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers want to get into the hands of the world's children would be durable, flexible and self-reliant. Among the key specs: A 500-megahertz processor by AMD and flash memory instead of a hard drive with moving parts. To save on software costs, the laptops would run the freely available Linux operating system instead of Windows.
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MIT just might do it...
by zima on Thu 29th Sep 2005 12:57 UTC
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2005-07-06

...in contrast to many others who tried previosly.

I wonder what exactly are the processors inside...the big question is whether those are Geode (x86) or Alchemy...I wonder if choosing NON-x86 architecture would be a good way to prevent gray-market a bit and convincing parts manufacturers to supply them considerably cheaper (since the laptops wouldn't be a competition for their primary wintel market). And since it's Linux it's not a big deal when it comes to architecture...

Also, worth noting IMHO will be software choice once it's announced - simply because those software titles will become one of most widely used IN THE WORLD, no only when cosidering Linux desktop.
What are your guesses? ;)
Since I think this laptop will be also a bit RAM limited, I think they'll choose something light as possible, but easy to use also...XFce perhaps? Epiphany/Kazehakase? Opera? (I wouldn't be surprised if Opera agreed to port their browser...it's free anyway, and they would get HUGE usage boost; of course there's the question what licensing principles this project has...)? Abiword? (KOffice would be nice also...but KDE wouldn't :/ )

BTW...too bad probably it won't be available for me probably :/ I'm too rich apparently :|

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RE: MIT just might do it...
by collinm on Thu 29th Sep 2005 13:02 in reply to "MIT just might do it..."
collinm Member since:
2005-07-15

kde is just the most used desktop under linux....

about 70% of the market under linux

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RE[2]: MIT just might do it...
by zima on Thu 29th Sep 2005 13:11 in reply to "RE: MIT just might do it..."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

But it's too heavy for those machines...remember, they're made as cheap as possible, but still useable. Which means probably 128MB of RAM or something like that...FURTHERMORE, there's one very important difference to our typical laptops/desktops - swap is to be avoided at all costs (flash based - limited number of read/writes and...slow). Personally, I would modify the kernel/desktop enviroment (or something) that it will not allow launching of new apps when physical memory limit is closing in (eventually - allow, but display something like "to assure longevity of your laptop, please close applications you're not using)

BTW, where does this 70% number come from?

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RE: MIT just might do it...
by raver31 on Thu 29th Sep 2005 14:48 in reply to "MIT just might do it..."
raver31 Member since:
2005-07-06

DSL Linux would be a good choice for these machines. Combined with ICEWM or QWM, Epithany Web browser, Balsa Email, Pan newsreader, Abiword, Gnumeric, Scribus. etc

All this would fit onto a 128mb flash disk, and yes this setup is extrememly fast. In fact, if you try it, you will not believe how fast your computer can be.

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captain_knobjockey Member since:
2005-08-23

I read that before, and I also read that it can be started inside Windows just by double-clicking on an icon that installs on the disk.

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