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Why XO?

Special commentary by: Paul Fox Most of the marketing and message surrounding the OLPC project, and the G1G1 fund-raising effort, is centered on the kids of the world who are our true mission. And that's as it should be -- you only have to look at some of the pictures from the deployments to convince yourself of that. But let's face it -- if you're going to donate enough money to both "give one and get one", you might want to be convinced that the "get one" half -- i.e., _your_ cute little green machine -- is actually going to be useful. Call it enlightened self-interest. (I'm assuming you're thinking of this at least partly as a toy for yourself. Go ahead -- admit it -- it's okay.) I got my XO during last year's G1G1 promotion. Maybe I can help convince you. One of the best parts, for me, is the screen. Shirtsleeve season always feels too short here in New England, so I like getting outside as much as possible when it's practical. Being able to walk outside to surf the web is a great feeling. Another screen feature: by flipping the laptop into "e-book" form, I take less space on the subway while reading email (offline reading, of course). Another XO plus for commuting: the extra wireless sensitivity offered by the cute green antennae makes it possible to hit the web, courtesy of a nearby open access point, from my bus stop. More OS tips and tricks after the drop. Read the rest of this entry

Sugar on Nokia, Ubuntu, and computers near you

Sugar has been moving steadily to many platforms and distros beyond the XO and Fedora. Last year Guy Sheffer helped to get it working on the Nokia 810. This February it was repackaged for Ubuntu.Read the rest of this entry