Hands-on with the OLPC XO laptop -- and loving it

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| If you're considering plunking down the $400.00 to Get 1 and Give 1, the best
| advice I can offer you is simply to paraphrase President Kennedy: ask not
| what the OLPC can do for you, ask what you can do for the OLPC. The promotion
| has already been extended once, and it ends December 31, 2007.


Can Apple and Microsoft Respond to the Low-Cost Ultra-Portable Linux Threat?

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| Using myself as an example, I will probably invest in an ASUS Eee Linux PC
| because of its small form factor, its ability to connect to the Web and the
| fact that it uses software that works with open data formats. Now, granted, I
| am not your typical user (my area of specialization is technology management)
| but I think that, probably without knowing it, users look at the same three
| criteria in choosing their platform. Let’s look at each in turn.


Quote for the day:

"The government is not trying to destroy Microsoft, it's simply seeking to
compel Microsoft to obey the law. It's quite revealing that Mr. Gates equates
the two."

--Government official


Seattle XO User Group Forming

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| Some of us here in Seattle just couldn't wait for our OLPC laptops to arrive.
| Immediately after November 12th we decided to form an XO user group.


Birmingham might buy thousands of XO Laptop computers for students in grades
one through eight

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| The machines don't run Microsoft Office, Photoshop or any other standard Mac
| or Windows programs, instead using a free, open-source version of GNU/Linux,
| with a simplified graphical interface designed for children called Sugar. The
| laptop has a 500-megahertz processor and 256 megabytes of DRAM (dynamic
| random access memory) with 1 gigabyte of flash memory. The laptops have Web
| browsers and their own Wi-Fi system, the ability to connect to the Internet
| wirelessly. Each is on a "mesh network," meaning all the laptops can see each
| other, without any setup, even if there is no wireless connection nearby. * * *


A Groklaw Member Gets His OLPC Laptop - It's Not Too Late To Order Yours

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| Looks great to me. One thing's for sure. I'll never be able to hide out at
| tech conferences any more, if I bring a green XO laptop. We'll all instantly
| find each other. *
| Hey, nothing wrong with that. Just don't give any to Darl and his merry
| men, 'kay?
| Actually, not to worry. They'd probably never be able to figure out how to
| get them open. Joke. Joke. *


U.S. schools may join inexpensive laptop project

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| A project that aims to deliver low-priced laptops with string pulleys
| to the world's poorest children may have a new market: U.S. schools.