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Armchair Quarterbacking the OLPC

Jan 28, 2009, 01:34 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kristin Shoemaker)

"It was a tall order, and at least in this form, had some issues. Netbooks, with customizations in power sources, localized versions of operating systems and operating systems that consider the age of the user (is Edubuntu appropriate, or something more "adult"?) can fill the need as well as the XO.

"And this is where I disagree with Evans and Singleton. There is indeed a need for this type of hardware (and software). Smartphones simply aren't laptops (or netbooks). The purpose of the low-cost, open laptop isn't just connectivity. And as someone with a degree in library science, I can say (sadly, but without reservation) I would rather have my school library outfitted with netbooks than paper books, especially in a developing country. Books are surprisingly expensive, and though very valuable, both aid organizations and those receiving aid are likely to get far more for the investment out of a netbook than a set of encyclopedias or a smartphone. It's not just connectivity, and it's not only reading."

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