[SATLUG] XO One Laptop per Child

Stewart Smith tuupes80 at hotmail.com
Mon Dec 3 08:14:46 CST 2007

Sticks in my mind that the interface, which is called, I believe, "Sugar," is based on Python.
> From: argiod at bresnan.net> Subject: Re: [SATLUG] XO One Laptop per Child> To: satlug at satlug.org> Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2007 04:22:47 -0700> > They have extended the 'Give One, Get One' program to Dec 31st in the US and > Canada:> > From now through December 31, 2007, OLPC is offering a Give One Get One > program in the United States and Canada. This is the first time the > revolutionary XO laptop has been made available to the general public. For a > donation of $399, one XO laptop will be sent to empower a child in a > developing nation and one will be sent to the child in your life in > recognition of your contribution. $200 of your donation is tax-deductible > (your $399 donation minus the fair market value of the XO laptop you will be > receiving).> > In addition:> For all U.S. donors who participate in the Give One Get One program, > T-Mobile is offering one year of complimentary HotSpot access. Find out more.> > If you participate in Give One Get One today, you will receive your XO > laptop(s) in early 2008. Your donated laptop will reach a child in > Afghanistan, Cambodia, Haiti, Mongolia or Rwanda in the same early 2008 > timeframe.> > If I had $399 to spare, I'd do it for two reasons:> 1) I love the idea of donating a computer to a third world child, even though > I think they could use food, clothing, shelter and medical care more; and,> 2) I'd love to see what a $100 computer comes with. It certainly is colorful, > and claims to be fairly rugged and waterproof. I'm sure I could find a child > among my friends who would enjoy a brand new computer.> > It appears to have connectivity via wi-fi, which they claim has a much longer > range than a standard laptop. The only specs I can find are on their FAQ page:> http://www.laptopgiving.org/en/faq.php> > I'm sure this would not be a system suitable for any use beyond the education > of third world children. "The XO laptop features the Linux operating system > and includes software specifically designed for children and the XO."> > They are not designed for everyday use by anyone other than children, and does > not look like it will not be made available to the general public except > through this limited time offer of 'Give One, Get One' program; which is > designed to promote the program. The idea is to get laptops into the hands of > third world children so they may have an affordable means of improving their > education.> > > On Sun, 2 Dec 2007 20:30:41 -0600> "M K Ramadoss" <mkr777 at gmail.com> wrote:> > Has anyone had on-hands use of the XO?> > > > Would it work by connecting to home Wifi and would it be a good Christmas> > present for a child in the US? It is available for purchase till end of> > month, in their buy one gift one program.> > > > mkr> > -- > > _______________________________________________> > SATLUG mailing list> > SATLUG at satlug.org> > http://alamo.satlug.org/mailman/listinfo/satlug to unsubscribe> > Powered by Rackspace (www.rackspace.com)> > -- > _______________________________________________> SATLUG mailing list> SATLUG at satlug.org> http://alamo.satlug.org/mailman/listinfo/satlug to unsubscribe> Powered by Rackspace (www.rackspace.com)
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