OLPC Operating System Available for Free Download
April 10, 2007 8:19 PM
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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
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
However, there are still no plans to offer the OLPC through standard retail channels.
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4/12/2007 9:17:01 AM
So you support patting starving children on the head then sending them on their way with a laptop they are too weak to even carry around?
It's not song and dance to realize what basic human needs are. Maybe in your spoiled life you have no clue about what it's like in some areas of the 3rd world.
4/23/2007 5:45:00 PM
As stated in numerous articles and posts on this subject, this isn't a plan made for people that are "starving" or in the position where a laptop wouldn't do them any good. Read the facts before you flame. What good would a laptop do for a child in that situation? This is a program to provide laptops to children who would benefit from it. Places where internet access is feasible, or available. Not the jungles of the Amazon. This could help bring many countries up to speed as far as computer literacy and the expansion of employment possibilities.
So in closing I'd like to question your right to even assume where I come from. Opinions are appreciated, but your childish accusations have earned you a great big FUCK OFF from me. Have a great one, you truly are a mindless one.
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