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[News] OLPC Reaches Decent Numbers with GNU/Linux

  • Subject: [News] OLPC Reaches Decent Numbers with GNU/Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2009 01:37:02 +0000
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Negroponte Outlines the Future of OLPCâHints at Paperlike 
Design for Third Generation Laptop

,----[ Quote ]
| X: You had a 500,000-machine manufacturing 
| backlog. Where does that stand now?
| NN: The precise numbers today are 1.1 
| million [laptops] out and a back-log of 
| 400,000-700,000, depending on how you count. 
| More importantly, the numbers mean less, 
| like the books. In fact, a far more 
| interesting number is that as much as 1/3 of 
| the current worldwide production of laptops 
| is netbooks.


'Laptop per child can end learning by rote'

,----[ Quote ]
| Speaking on the genesis of the OLPC concept 
| , Negroponte said: ââ At MIT we were trying 
| to understand how children learn and we 
| realized that the first five years of 
| learning takes place without a teacher. At 
| about six we are sent to school where we 
| start learning by being taught. There is a 
| sharp break, he learns by what is being told 
| to him by teachers and remembering becomes 
| the fundamental tool of learning. This is 
| notable in India too. For the next 10 years 
| what the child undergoes is rote learning, 
| which isnât learning at all.ââ 
| [...]
| While stating that he received a negative 
| response from India three-years back, 
| Negroponte said: ââ The president of Peru 
| committed for a laptop for each child and 
| Uruguay has already implemented that. Could 
| India do this to all 250 million children? 
| Yes, and if nothing happens, at least this 
| would definitely kill rote learning.ââ



OLPC switching to ARM, plans paper thin netbook

,----[ Quote ]
| One Laptop per Child chairman Nicholas
| Negroponte told Xconomy that OLPC is
| prepping an ARM-based version 1.75 of its
| XO netbook while planning to release a
| "paper-thin" version 3.0 in 2012.
| Meanwhile, the Internet Archive is
| providing OLPC users with 1.6 million e-
| books, says the nonprofit organization.


BoomingBang: XO Laptop Role Playing Game

,----[ Quote ]
| BoomingBang, a RPG game, whose release is
| due till late OCTOBER 09. The BoomingBang
| project, started by me, Abhishek Indoria,
| initially, and a friend, was a small
| deployment. It was started in March 2009,
| when none of them (us, actually) have heard
| of OLPC. Back again, in June, 2 XO laptops
| were requested, and the project was started
| officially.


Negroponte: XO-1.75 goes ARM, XO-2 is canceled

,----[ Quote ]
| An ARM based XO-1.75 on the other hand is much
| more of an evolutionary rather than a
| revolutionary step into the future. So many
| people, especially a certain Charbax, had long
| expected OLPC to move from an x86 to an ARM
| design.


Three reasons Microsoft shouldn't port Windows to the ARM processor

,----[ Quote ]
| Without a version of Windows tailored for ARM netbooks, Linux-based platforms
| such as Google Inc.'s Android mobile operating system could thrive and turn
| the search and Web services company into "more of a competitor in the desktop
| operating system business than we ever have before," admitted Microsoft CEO
| Steve Ballmer to Wall Street last month.


OLPC Set to Dump X86 for Arm Chips in XO-2

,----[ Quote ]
| [T]he Arm chip could lead to problems for XO-2 in trying to load a full
| version of Windows, Negroponte said. As with the XO-1, OLPC wants to offer a
| dual-boot option on XO-2 where users can choose to load either Linux or a
| full Windows OS. While Arm processors can run Windows Mobile operating
| systems, they can't run a full Windows OS.

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