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Most of you probably know about the OLPC Laptop program. Pretty neat little laptop thingy they have going. They have their two week 'give 1 get 1' program and it's for a good cause.

Anyway, I'm gonna order one just because I think it's a good way to promote Linux and I'll probably give the Laptop as a Christmas gift to one of my little cousins. Figured I'd let those that haven't been following it know about it in case they were interested.

Here's a link to the program: http://www.laptopgiving.org/en/index.php
And some specs on the laptop itself: http://bc.tech.coop/blog/071112.html

Peace =]
adf
QUOTE(dz @ Nov 12 2007, 10:09 AM) *
Most of you probably know about the OLPC Laptop program. Pretty neat little laptop thingy they have going. They have their two week 'give 1 get 1' program and it's for a good cause.

Anyway, I'm gonna order one just because I think it's a good way to promote Linux and I'll probably give the Laptop as a Christmas gift to one of my little cousins. Figured I'd let those that haven't been following it know about it in case they were interested.

Here's a link to the program: http://www.laptopgiving.org/en/index.php
And some specs on the laptop itself: http://bc.tech.coop/blog/071112.html

Peace =]


I really ought to buy one (public education career and all). I've been a big fan of the project, and i think it deserves support (my wife may disagree at the sight of the price vs any claim to "needing it I might make). Are they all kermit green, though?

Edit: in the meantime I think I'll have a look at the qemu image
the quickstartguide seems simple enough: Here
dz
QUOTE(adf @ Nov 13 2007, 01:55 AM) *
QUOTE(dz @ Nov 12 2007, 10:09 AM) *
Most of you probably know about the OLPC Laptop program. Pretty neat little laptop thingy they have going. They have their two week 'give 1 get 1' program and it's for a good cause.

Anyway, I'm gonna order one just because I think it's a good way to promote Linux and I'll probably give the Laptop as a Christmas gift to one of my little cousins. Figured I'd let those that haven't been following it know about it in case they were interested.

Here's a link to the program: http://www.laptopgiving.org/en/index.php
And some specs on the laptop itself: http://bc.tech.coop/blog/071112.html

Peace =]


I really ought to buy one (public education career and all). I've been a big fan of the project, and i think it deserves support (my wife may disagree at the sight of the price vs any claim to "needing it I might make). Are they all kermit green, though?

Edit: in the meantime I think I'll have a look at the qemu image
the quickstartguide seems simple enough: Here


The reasoning behind the look of them is crime. People know that only students and teachers are supposed to have these, so stealing one is going to be tough since everyone will know where it came from.
adf
lol--my 1st scan of your post parsed as "the look of them is a crime."
I'm still on the fence about picking one up. If I do, I have to actually use it (and carry it- the fischer-price color scheme really turns me off. Appearing to be an extra from one flew over the cuckoo's nest isn't really appealing)- which means at minimum a good wysiwig web page editor/site manager (nvu, komposer, the planned composer) a good browser (opera and firefox are available - I tried opera on the virtual image- very nice), vnc and or x-forwarding, and gimp. Some of these look like the only way to get them working is to switch to debian - a little iffy looking - then add sugar to debian (because sugar is #$%#!!! awesome and deserves to be used) more iffy looking.
So from my perpective:
*great project, deserves suppport philosphically and politically
*really nice screen, tolerable hardware power/great battery life
*amazing gui- should be on the Z and every other small device
*software options good for students, not so good for teachers (or other adults)
*limited storage/ I fear problems in switching OSes for better software options
*compulsory sponsoring is good philosphically and politically, not so good in terms of price/performance

At $200, even $250 I'd buy it in a heartbeat. $400 means I don't buy something else that might be more useful for my purposes, like a vostro, a nanobook or a 3epc. Given that I already have a Z I should be looking at something that overlaps the Z's uses less and compliments the Z more, I think.
hmmmm.
dz
QUOTE(adf @ Nov 14 2007, 02:24 AM) *
At $200, even $250 I'd buy it in a heartbeat. $400 means I don't buy something else that might be more useful for my purposes, like a vostro, a nanobook or a 3epc. Given that I already have a Z I should be looking at something that overlaps the Z's uses less and compliments the Z more, I think.
hmmmm.


Heh, I agree with that post 100%. The problem though is you're looking at it wrong. It's not meant to beat out any of your devices. It's meant for little kids. The G1G1 program is just to get the word out more and lower the cost by getting more built. They're not interested in how you feel about the laptop, they're interested in lowering the price and making it cheaper to give to the poor countries. Not that they're not grateful, but a tech guy is not the target audience for a laptop that looks like kermit the frog =]
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