Check it out here.
Indeed it was. Read more in the link.
The iPodTouch is a mass-marketed device, so its cost has been driven down. An 8Gb device costs only $230.
Its development environment nearly demands performance. Its development language is Objective-C or C and only one app can be run at a time. Contrast that with Sugar on X11 on Python on C and an environment that exhausts available memory with very little effort.
Its touch screen encourages interaction. The XOs flakey keyboard and touchpad discourage it.
I still love the XO and OLPC’s mission. The only thing that they seem to have accomplished, though, is the proliferation of Netbooks across the commercial landscape.
Here is a funny yet practical post on XO keyboard field repairs.
OLPC XO Sugar release 8.2.0 (r767) left me with a useless machine so I decided to go back to a more reliable operating system version and capture the full setup here for record.
Continue reading “A Revised XO Setup”
In one of the recent builds of Sugar for the OLPC XO, I found that “out of the box” the machine barely has enough memory to run programs. Tonight I installed the most recent operating system version, 8.2.0, and found the amount of free memory to be drastically increased:
|Total MB||Used MB||Free MB|
|Sugar 8.2.0||230||162||67||Sugar Previous||232||220||12|
With 55MB more free memory, I expect this machine to play a lot nicer with its users!
to get these measurements.
Sugar is the UI portion of the Linux build that runs on the OLPC XO.
It is a radical departure from what we would call “typical” user interfaces in 2008; and it really took some “getting used to it”. With the release of 8.20, it looks like they have made some “user friendly” Sugar and a few other things, too:
- A nice looking User Manual
- Better Power Management
- Significant changes to the UI “to improve the user experience”.
It took guts to come up with Sugar, and perhaps even more to make these kinds of changes. As minimal as they seem, they are not insignificant.
Disclaimer: I have not yet tried out this build as my XO is currently out on loan.
(via OLPC News)