Real artists ship
Posted Nov 6, 2011 22:43 UTC (Sun) by man_ls
In reply to: Sorry, but no.
Parent article: The sods must be crazy: OLPC to drop tablets from helicopters to isolated villages (ars technica)
The Eee PC was the first usable computer to feature: solid state disks, desktop (or rather, laptop) Linux, below 2kg, for about $250. While the OLPC XO-1 was a toy which did not meet its goals: neither sub-$100 laptop nor a boon for third world education. (And by the way, mass production for under $100 was a technical goal.) Other technical goals not met by the OLPC project: the weird touchscreen, dual e-ink displays, the bloody crank, mesh communications, hordes of third-world open source developers after magically viewing source code. Not to speak about self-sustaining education materials or other organizational goals.
Of course, being sold in shops was a major market shift and part of the real revolution. Believe me, I was in the market for a similar thing for a few years, but there was nothing similar. Asus said: "computers for regular people don't have to be so expensive". Meanwhile, Negroponte said "kids should get a bizarre education with a computer and no training". I think there is a big difference.
By the way, the Eee PC 2G shipped before the XO-1 (either in "Give 1 Get 1" programs or to developing nations). Did the 2G use some of the ideas of XO-1? I doubt it; the ideas were floating all around and everyone was having them, just that Asus was the first to deliver. As Jobs said, real artists ship.
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