[nylug-announce] NYLUG 27 February General Meeting Presents: Chris Blizzard -on- One Laptop Per Child
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Wed Feb 21 14:30:02 EST 2007
Date: February 27, 2007
Place: Google, 76 9th Ave, New York, NY
With: Chris Blizzard
About: One Laptop Per Child
* * * RSVP closes 2:30 p.m. the day before the meeting. Under the
circumstances, I encourage everyone to err in favor of RSVPing
and not be overly concerned about the last-minute possibility of
being unable to attend. The capacity of the space Google is
providing allows us to be far less concerned about last-minute
* * * cancellations.
One Laptop Per Child
One Laptop Per Child, alias The Children's Machine, the XO-1 and
previously The $100 Laptop, is an inexpensive laptop computer intended
to be distributed to children around the world. Especially to children
in developing countries. Providing them with access to information,
knowledge, a modern form of education. The laptop is based on the AMD
Geode Processor platform and runs a derivative of Fedora Linux.
A cutting edge simple user interface called Sugar sweetens the laptop
experience. All work on the laptop is being doing in concordance with
Open Source principles and processes. The project itself (a U.S. based,
non-profit organization created by faculty members of the MIT Media Lab)
was created in the spirit of Open Source.
This is a *deceptively* simple project. If one pokes around articles on
the project it simply leaves the impression of an altruistic technical
endeavor. But catch the right insight and you are left impressed on
technical merits. These devices are going to do wondrous things with
wireless networking, meshes, flash drives, UI's, power consumption and
generation, BIOSes, etc. Leanly. Aesthetic design is superb as well.
Throughout the OLPC development process many significant technical
hurdles and challenges have been overcome. Developers focused on
implementing extraordinary functionality in spite of scarce resources,
such as processing power and system memory. A problem when developing
for a platform where the abundance of these resources is absent.
On Tuesday, 27 February Chris Blizzard, Director of Red Hat's OLPC
development team, will present at NYLUG about the vision, goals and
technical considerations of this groundbreaking and world changing
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