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September meeting: Rejuvenate your OLPC XO-1 laptop; Honduras deployment

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What: Family XO Meetup
When: Saturday, September 18th, 2010, 10 am to 1pm
Where: Gallaudet University [map, aerial photo], Student Academic Center,
**NOTE ROOM CHANGE: We are UPSTAIRS from the old meeting rooms in the basement on the first floor [
floorplan], in computer lab SAC 1211, Washington, D.C. 20002

We’ll start the meeting with our master explainer, Kim Toufectis, reviewing the new “signed” build of the OLPC XO-1 operating system.  This major release brings the XO-1.5′s dual Sugar/Gnome boot to the XO-1.0. It is now possible to switch to a window-like desktop with a file system and have the ability to install open source software like Open Office. With this new replacement operating system, the XO-1 can both serve the needs of a young child and then switch to an interface suitable for adults. If you haven’t updated your XO-1 since the Give One Get One promotions, this will feel like a new machine. We’ll provide advice on how you can upgrade, and we also still offer our repair and upgrade service.

Following Kim, Becky Young, a teacher based in Fairfax, VA (pictured above), will talk about her summer project deploying OLPC XO-1 laptops in Honduras. She has been blogging her journey all along and also has wonderfully documented the project in photos.

Reprising some recent meetings and meet-ups, I’ll bring some new hardware such as an Acer Aspire One netbook with the Pixel Qi screen kit installed and the litl webbook, designed by some of the same interface designers, industrial designers and software developers that worked on the OLPC XO-1.

written by Mike Lee on 13 September 2010 Comments Off

The Great 4PC Laptop Bake Off 2009

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
  • Wega Vega UMPC
  • …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 Great 4PC Laptop Bake Off
Saturday, July 18th, 10am-1pm
Friends Community School
5901 Westchester Park Drive
College Park, MD 20705 (map)

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.

written by Mike Lee on 12 July 2009 Comments Off

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