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Linux LiveCD lets developers get a working framework for developing OLPC-targeted applications

The Linux-based OS powering the One Laptop Per Child's XO laptop has taken another step forwards into fruition. Until now, the closest that the general public has been able to look at the operating system has been static screenshots and the occasional blurry YouTube video; but no longer.

A LiveCD has been released on the RedHat download site. Weighing in at a paltry 291MB, it gives OLPC developers and any other curious individuals a glimpse of the experience the "$100 laptop" will offer. For those that don't wish to check it out personally, screenshots are available from LinuxQuestions.org showcasing the interface and some applications including the lightweight web browser.

While the operating system isn't designed to support hardware outside of the XO's specifications, it runs remarkably well on a variety of machines - at least well enough to allow prospective coders to test their applications for hopeful submission into the OLPC's development site. However, there are still no plans to offer the OLPC through standard retail channels.




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