Why you should buy an OLPC XO

Bill Clementson has a good article on what makes the XO so compelling, in light of the Give 1 Get 1 program: Why you should buy an OLPC XO Laptop.

One correction though:

There is a “view source” button on the laptop’s keyboard that will let you view/edit the source code for any program on the machine!

This only works for viewing and editing the source of HTML pages in the browser at this stage, since the Develop python IDE has not been updated for a long time and doesn’t work with current builds.

However, since most of the activities are written in Python, you can use the Terminal activity and vi to edit them. (I’m not suggesting that’s a reasonable substitution, just pointing out what’s possible…)

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3 Responses to “Why you should buy an OLPC XO”


  1. 1 Eduardo Silva November 14, 2007 at 4:29 am

    Hi, olpc should be clearer about what people using the g1g1 will get: I see a lot of misinformation, of people thinking they will get a solar panel as well, or will already be able to use VOIP, connect to microsoft’s messenger, etc.
    There could be a backlash of vocal complains, if people aren’t well informed what is the purpose of the campaign, and that it is different from typical laptop of consumption (focus is on learning, and foment the building of a new world-wide community; the OS has an evolving nature, and is fairly open to contributions).

  2. 2 jonathancarter November 14, 2007 at 6:11 am

    But the buy-2-get-1 offer is currently US-only, isn’t it? We can’t buy it currently in South Africa, can we?

  3. 3 Morgan November 14, 2007 at 8:15 am

    @jonathan:

    While I don’t endorse olpcnews.com as it has (IMHO) more wild speculation than anything else, it does suggest a couple of ways to participate from non-US locations:

    http://www.olpcnews.com/sales_talk/g1g1/give_one_get_one_globally.html

    http://www.olpcnews.com/sales_talk/g1g1/buy_olpc_xo_ebay_orders.html

    Apparently the offer is US-only because OLPC don’t have all the international certifications yet. My B4 prototypes have a sticker saying “This device has not met all regulatory approvals therefore cannot be offered for sale or lease”.


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