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[News] Training Conducted for 400,000 GNU/Linux Laptops in Peru

  • Subject: [News] Training Conducted for 400,000 GNU/Linux Laptops in Peru
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2008 15:35:18 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Freelance
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Laptop Training Begins in Peru

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| This week, teachers from remote rural villages in Peru are gathering in 
| several regional cities to learn how to do their jobs via One Laptop per 
| Child (OLPC) machines distributed to their pupils. Peru is now engaging in 
| the world's most ambitious OLPC deployment: some 400,000 machines are headed 
| to the Andean nation's poorest and remotest schools--about 6,000 schools in 
| all. The first 25,000 of these machines are now being inventoried in a Lima 
| warehouse and are poised for shipment to the interior.      



Astounded in Arahuay

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| I recently returned from a grueling three-week stay in Peru, where I worked 
| with the serious Ministry of Education team entrusted with the country’s 
| 260-thousand laptop OLPC implementation.  
| [...]
| As there are few roads in and around Arahuay, the children don’t communicate 
| much outside of school — with anyone. The teachers started independently 
| pointing out to Mr. Navarro that this was changing once the laptops arrived: 
| kids started talking to each other outside of school hours over the mesh, and 
| working together more while in school. They started talking a lot more with 
| each other in person, and conquered their previously paralyzing fear of  
| strangers.     



Laptop-Project Founder Faults Intel

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| Oscar Becerra Tresierra, general director for educational technology at 
| Peru's Ministry of Education, says that after the country recently agreed to 
| buy 272,500 OLPC laptops for primary-school students, an Intel sales 
|                                                          ^^^^^^^^^^^
| representative tried "to scare us" by claiming the machines and their power 
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| adapters didn't work. "I don't feel very happy about it," he said. "We  
| wouldn't like the project to fail because somebody is spreading gossip about 
|                                                       ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| the machines that doesn't turn out to be true."     


Peru signs up for 260,000 OLPC laptops

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| The first countries to place mass orders for the rugged green-and-white 
| laptops were Uruguay and Mongolia. 


In Peru, a Pint-Size Ticket to Learning

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| But no competitor approaches the XO in innovation. It is hard drive-free, 
| runs on the Linux operating system and stretches wireless networks 
| with "mesh" technology that lets each computer in a village relay data to the 
| others.   
| [...]
| Negroponte said 150,000 more laptops will be shipped to such countries as 
| Rwanda, Mongolia, Haiti and Afghanistan in early 2008 through "Give One, Get 
| One," a U.S.-based promotion ending Dec. 31 in which participants buy a pair 
| of laptops for $399 and donate one or both.   
| The children of Arahuay prove One Laptop's transformative conceit: that you 
| can revolutionize education and democratize the Internet by giving a simple, 
| durable, power-stingy but feature-packed laptop to the world's poorest kids.   


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...


On Education, Innovation, OLPC, And Open-Source

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| While I used the machine for only a few minutes, I came away very impressed 
| by it, in part because of my recent thinking about the growing importance of 
| open-source to education, and the shared sense of adventure and hope that I 
| found at the conference.   


Intel: doing the dirty on OLPC

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| Intel’s agreement with the OLPC Foundation included a ‘non disparagement’ 
| clause, under which Intel and One Laptop promised not to criticize each 
| other, according to Nicholas Negroponte in the latest article in the Wall 
| Street Journal.   
| Still Intel tactics have violated that repeatedly to kill OLPC efforts in 
| Nigeria, Libya, Pakistan, India, China and Intel is also still trying to pull 
| those tactics in Mexico, Brazil.  
| This is simply disgracefull of Intel, scandalous.
| But Negroponte has signed an agreement saying that he is not allowed to 
| criticize Intel, so he is not allowed to talk about these shameless tactics 
| even though Intel is the one violating the agreement.  
| So only independant voices on the Internet can get those messages of truth 
| out about Intels tactics. 
| In Nigeria, Intel came and donated 3000 laptops to counter OLPC efforts, then 
| sells 17 thousand Classmates to Nigeria at a loss. 
| Then Microsoft corrupted Nigerian officials with 400 thousand dollars to 
| install Windows XP on those instead of Mandriva Linux. 


Bill Gates: Cheap PCs won't help the poor

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| Asked if he could start over and develop an operating system from scratch, 
| what would he do? 
| Nothing.


Poor Kids' Laptop Cranks Up

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| Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates earlier this year told the Microsoft
| Government Leaders Forum, "Geez, get a decent computer where you can
| actually read the text and you?re not sitting there cranking the thing
| while you're trying to type" (see Bill Gates Mocks $100 Laptop).


One Laptop Per Child - Production Delays Caused By Microsoft, Intel?

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| I sincerely hope that no matter what the people who are running the
| OLPC project decide, that their project will continue and not get
| bogged down in a play of corporate greed and ambitions.


Lessons from Africa: How to Kill Your Own FUD

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| So, even as Microsoft claims superior quality over Linux, they act as if they 
| don't even buy their own FUD. If they really believed that Windows was 
| superior to Linux, they wouldn't have to bribe people with “marketing help” 
| to get them to choose Windows.   


[Mandriva CEO:] An open letter to Steve Ballmer

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| Wow! I’m impressed, Steve! What have you done for these guys to change their
| mind like this? It’s pretty clear to me, and it will be clear to everyone.
| How do you call what you just did Steve, in the place where you live? In my
| place, they give it various names, I’m sure you know them.  
| Hey Steve, how do you feel looking at yourself in the mirror in the morning?
| Of course, I will keep fighting this one and the next one, and the next one.
| You have the money, the power, and maybe we have a different sense of ethics
| you and I, but I believe that hard work, good technology and ethics can win
| too.  


Not Such a Harsh Toke, Actually

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| This is socially, economically, politically and otherwise innovative. It is 
| good for democracy too in some of the few remaining places that good thing is 
| having trouble getting hold. We regard that thing too lightly, I fear.  
| The Gates | Otellini axis directly hurts us deeply. To me, it is a 
| particularly American shame. 


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