On Saturday, we will revisit last year‘s OLPC News Great 4PC Laptop Bake Off. Through 2008, the netbook market continued to grow dramatically, seeking the optimal four Ps of power, performance, portability, and price. Industry analysts estimated this “netbook effect” drove sales of close to 12 million netbooks worldwide in 2008 and possibly 35 million in 2009. Nicholas Negroponte, who has laid claim to starting this market with the OLPC XO-1, believes that in a few years 1/2 of all laptops sold will be netbooks.
Faculty and parents from Friends Community School in College Park as well as members of the Learning Club will have a variety of netbooks and other computers on hand for review including:
- Acer Aspire One
- ASUS EeePC 701
- ASUS EeePC 901
- Belco Alpha 400 ($149!)
- Classmate 2 (2goPC)
- Classmate 3 convertible touchscreen (2goPC)
- OLPC XO-1
- Tablet PCs
- …and more
Having so many laptops, netbooks and other PCs in one room will afford an excellent opportunity to test the USB flash drive version of the Sugar Learning Platform, which lets you boot into the OLPC XO ‘s operating system on most any PC without affecting the internal hard drive. We’ll have a bunch of USB drives preloaded with the latest “Strawberry” release of Sugar. Several of the Sugar USB drives will be raffled off later in the meeting, so be sure to get to the school early enough to get a raffle ticket.
The next meeting dates (space confirmation pending) are Saturday, August 15 at Gallaudet and Saturday, September 19 at the Arlington Career Center.
Photo by Wayan Vota from Flickr.