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Five Days with the Classmate PC and Mandriva

May 29, 2007, 00:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

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"Some say the Classmate PC is Intel's answer to (or competition with) the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) effort. Intel is hawking the lilliputian laptop in 'emerging markets' like Nigeria, India, and Mexico as a solution for worldwide education of primary and secondary students. It's to be officially released and shipped en masse to schools in Africa and South and Central America by the end of June. Recently my children and I borrowed a Classmate PC loaded with a custom version of Mandriva Linux. Most of us had fun.

"The Classmate comes out of the box wrapped in a sky blue vinyl cover that extends out to a built-in handle with, interestingly, a magnetic closure. This is some tiny technology--Classmate is about the size of a medium textbook and weighs only about 2 1/2 pounds. Intel says it is a 'rugged learning device.' With that in mind, I turned the Classmate over to my built-in target market, my eight-year-old daughter..."

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