September 17, 2008
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As I await my Dell Mini 9 (with Ubuntu of course), I pulled the green OLPC XO out of the closet to get it ready for eBay.
I bought the computer during the initial G1G1 promotion almost a year ago, and have to admit I've been underwhelmed by it. Why? I bought it for the wrong reason: The XO is _not_ a netbook, and is simply underpowered for decent web browsing. Admittedly, I never got the Sugar interface, but even with the more familiar XFCE, it still didn't cut the mustard.
A clean install seemed like a good place to start. Easy enough, download two files, put them on a flash drive and plug it in to the XO, hold down the game keys and press the power button. Reboots automatically, and viola, just like new (but with an updated os of course). Next is to reinstall the G1G1 activities: Same procedure; download a zip file, unzip the two directories onto a flash drive, plug it in, and power up. The activities are automatically installed.
Now I have to admit, that's pretty slick. Maybe I should give this another try? Maybe I should approach this computer as it was intended, as a child's computer…
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August 17, 2007
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This one's been circulating recently, a 7" UMPC from Asus running Linux, with a 4GB flash drive. Could it really only cost $199? Will it make me not want the N800, Foleo, OLPC or Classmate? Something tells me for $199 I'll find out. Out this fall…