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#1 OFFLINE   réjean

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 10:34 AM

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362,000 pupils in Uruguay now have the distinctive laptops.
What I find the best part about it is that;

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The laptops have an open source Linux operating system with a user interface called Sugar.
even if the article adds;

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It has attracted some criticism from detractors for not being mainstream.
I think it is fantastic that children learn to use Linux and Open Source as their first OS. This way they will not be scared like so many adults are.
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Posted 18 October 2009 - 12:42 PM

Yep that would be the OLPC project.http://laptop.org/en/:) Bruno

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Posted 19 October 2009 - 11:19 AM

Bruno, the link does not take me to an article . . . ?Bill
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Posted 19 October 2009 - 12:00 PM

View PostBillD, on Oct 19 2009, 04:19 PM, said:

Bruno, the link does not take me to an article . . . ?Bill
Well, you have to click of course one of the links which I agree with are not obvious for everybody.See the orange big one, the green laptop, the blue arrow and the magenta X with a dot on top? Those are the links, hover your mouse over it and voila, there you are. :">
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Posted 19 October 2009 - 03:06 PM

Well, despite some perceived sarcasm there, I think these links might help:

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  I initially thought I was going to have to sign up for something (since there was a place at the top to put my email address in) B) , and got out.Bill
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Posted 19 October 2009 - 03:13 PM

No sarcasm Bill B) But I understand you getting out of there while seeing that subscribe box. As such the design of that web site is utter crap if you ask me.
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Posted 19 October 2009 - 03:31 PM

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No sarcasm Bill
OK!  Yes, I am fed up with sites that, when I go to them to get some info, want to make me sign up before giving me the info I am looking for.  Obviously, it I had taken the time to hover my mouse over the icons, I would have done better  . . . duh.Bill

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 10:48 PM

Have any of you people actually tried Sugar?  I downloaded it and ran it live, and after 45 minutes of playing with it, I don't believe it is going to provide any real competition for other Linux OS's  :hysterical:   Guess the real attraction is that it requires minimal computer resources.  However, the users will get some experience with Linux terminal commands as they progress.Bill
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Posted 21 October 2009 - 02:09 AM

Sugar was not made for Linux fans, nor for people that are computer literate. Sugar is made to educate children and give them a headstart in the electronic age.:hysterical: Bruno

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 11:37 AM

Yes, I understand that.  But I was curious to see what they considered suitable for "educational" purposes.  And altho it has a text editor, I could find no way to "save" stuff generated there, altho that may just be my ignorance.  Also, I had to use a terminal command to turn it off . . . but maybe the "laptops" it is intended for just do that automatically if you close the lid?  The browser at least seems to work well which should be useful for kids learning to search for information on the Internet.Bill
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