Feature: Hacking the XO laptop

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| We recently wrote about the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) initiative and
| specifically the XO laptop. Basically, the XO is a $200 laptop specially
| designed for use in developing nations. The laptop instantly recognizes other
| XO’s and connects to them, forming a mesh network, which then enables
| collaboration and even shared internet access in areas that traditionally
| can’t afford laptops and/or connectivity to the internet. They’re also
| specially designed for viewing in bright sunlight, and are incredibly
| durable. We’re already hearing about the positive impact these laptops are
| having on small villages, and more are being delivered daily.



XO laptops find application as census number crunchers

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| The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project may find new takers in India.
| Developed for and used so far in schools, the low-cost XO laptops — priced Rs
| 7,200- 8,000 — are learnt to have generated interest in Census of India, that
| is considering using these for collecting data, say sources. * *
| [...]
| The laptops are also equipped with a microphone, long-range Wi-Fi and Linux
| as operating system.


Lessons to Learn from the OLPC

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| 1- Cheap is good
| 2- People don’t need a lot of power
| 3- Linux please
| 4- Flash storage is key
| 5- Make it efficient
| 6- Hand crank!
| 7- Don’t skimp on the features
| 8- Make it rugged
| 9- Make it look cool
| 10- It’s a tablet, too


One Laptop Per Child (New Version), Reviewed by 12-Year-Old

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| For a regular laptop, this would be the paragraph about its problems, its
| deficiencies. But the thing is, there aren’t any problems with this computer!
| Congratulations, OLPC. You’ve done it. Or will you come out with yet better
| laptops? Is that even possible? We’ll have to see...


(Video) OLPC Interface Walkthrough

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| Previously known as the $100 laptop, the OLPC boasts a 500mhz
| Processor, Linux OS, 1GB Memory, and a Two-Mode Display (Color and B&W).


First Look: OLPC's XO Laptop

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| Again, to compare the OLPC to today's notebook is missing the point of the
| XO. It's intended as a sturdy, self-contained introduction to technology (and
| to the Web) for children in developing nations. They haven't played with
| Nintendo Wiis or an Apple Macintosh, much less a Windows or Linux system.
| Without the OLPC effort, they may not have a laptop at all--and this one at
| least provides a durable start.


[OLPC XO] Original UI , Unique Operation [Part 2]

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| In fact, the Sugar does not have a concept of files. As the PC is based on
| Linux, data are virtually located in files, of course. Nevertheless, the
| Sugar is basically designed to store every operation result as a "Journal."
| In addition, we need to download screen data to edit such an article. The
| Sugar automatically downloads the whole screen if both Alt and "1" keys are
| pressed. The XO also automatically recognizes a USB memory device if it is
| inserted. Using these capabilities, we took out and used screen data for
| article editing.