[p2p-research] Thanks for: Suggestions wanted for education to p2p practices and attitude
Paul D. Fernhout
pdfernhout at kurtz-fernhout.com
Sat Nov 28 17:37:26 CET 2009
Michel Bauwens wrote:
>> But thanks to Moore's law, it's been left behind by the proliferation
>> of even cheaper Web-connected cell phones.
> cell phones are great for daily life, but cannot replace computers for
> learning ...
Well, when it is all you have, a smartphone is better than nothing. They are
getting more and more impressive.
>rather than cellphones, it's the netbook trend that OLPC itself
> spawned which creates other alternatives to it,
People say this, even the OLPC project, but I don't believe it. There were
small light computers before the OLPC. HP was especially good at this. There
was the Newton. There were WinCE devices (clamshells). There was the palm.
Palm even had a netbook design it scrapped. There was the original Tandy
"HP OmniGo 100 Handheld Organizer Offers Quick, Easy Access to Personal
There was the Cybiko toy.
So, it's hard to say OLPC invented this category.
"The origins of the netbook can be traced to the Network Computer (NC)
concept of the mid-1990s. More recently, Psion's now-discontinued netBook
line, the OLPC XO-1 (initially called 100 US$ laptop) and the Palm Foleo
were all small, portable, network-enabled computers. The generic
use of the term "netbook", however, began in 2007 when Asus unveiled the
ASUS Eee PC. "
> but it's special
> child-friendly design still has a few unique characteristics going for it,
Beyond ruggedness, which I agree is important, I don't see what is
especially child-friendly about the OLPC or the software compared to a
specially configured version of GNU/Linux running Gnome. People have been
locking down GNU/Linux systems for a long time. Regular GNU/Linux has more
educational software for it than the OLPC.
"Edubuntu is an educational operating system that is a part of the Ubuntu
family. It aims to make Ubuntu, the popular Linux-based operating system, a
great choice for the computing needs of children, students, parents,
teachers, and schools. "
(By the way, in this thread, there are at least two Pauls on the list, Paul
Hartzog being the other one.)
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