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[aprssig] OLPC $199 laptop again

Dave Baxter Dave at emv.co.uk
Tue Nov 18 12:53:19 UTC 2008


 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jon K Hellan [mailto:hellan at acm.org] 
> Sent: 17 November 2008 12:28
> To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] OLPC $199 laptop again
> 
> Scott Miller wrote:
> 
> > I found the Sugar interface clunky and confusing, and 
> inconsistently 
> > implemented.  As much as I'd like to see this project succeed, I'm 
> > afraid I really don't have that much faith in it.  Not when regular 
> > netbooks are heading into the same price range.  Maybe if 
> the software 
> > suite has really been drastically improved in the last 9 
> months, but I 
> > haven't heard anything about that.
> > 
> > Considering how long it's taken this project to get moving, Moore's 
> > Law is going to be their biggest problem.  The Simputer project ran 
> > into the same problem - by the time they had a product, commercial 
> > PDAs and handheld PCs were cheaper and faster.
> >
> 
> The project organization basically imploded this year. Lots 
> of key personnel left after vicious holy wars, mostly over 
> XP. Nicholas Negroponte was unable to sell the laptops 
> *without* XP, the tech people felt that they couldn't achieve 
> the educational goals *with* XP.
> 
> See  e.g. http://radian.org/notebook/sic-transit-gloria-laptopi
> 
> Jon LA4RT
> 
> 
> 



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