[Its.an.education.project] Sugar on the EEE PC

Walter Bender walter.bender at gmail.com
Thu May 8 08:27:16 EDT 2008

I'll be getting my hands on a one2onemate next week. I'll report back
what I learn, but I wouldn't condemn it site unseen. At the very
least, it is Linux based, suggesting that ideas for improvement can be


On Thu, May 8, 2008 at 4:20 AM, Albert Cahalan <acahalan at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, May 8, 2008 at 3:17 AM, Samuel Klein <meta.sj at gmail.com> wrote:
>  > On Thu, May 8, 2008 at 2:25 AM, Albert Cahalan <acahalan at gmail.com> wrote:
>  > > Bernie Innocenti writes:
>  >>>  http://www.one2onemate.com/
>  >>
>  >> This is optimized for teacher thinking. They win. :-(
>  >
>  > Yuck.  Surely you are joking... I find it hard to be
>  > inspired by any aspect of that machine.
>  I'm definitely not joking, and not at all inspired.
>  This machine makes me cringe; it totally reminds me
>  of what I got as a kid in the USA. (updated for 2008)
>  From time to time, you get "computer day". It could be
>  a few times a year or once a week. Most likely this is
>  decided by the teacher, who must then try to reserve the
>  computers for the desired day. At the beginning of class,
>  somebody delivers the equipment to the classroom.
>  In general, nobody gets much time with the computers.
>  It certainly isn't yours; you can't keep any personal
>  data on it. You're lucky when the computer you get handed
>  has not been vandalized by a previous user.
>  Nothing much useful happens with the computers. Using them
>  means that the school can keep kids occupied while being
>  able to claim that they are providing computer education.
>  Shared computers are cheap.
>  >> The GUI and apps are superior, at least from the viewpoint of
>  >> a school system. You get an Excel-compatible spreadsheet,
>  >> a Word-compatible word processor, Tux Paint, Flash player, and a
>  >> desktop that hasn't been inspired to the point of unusability.
>  >
>  > While it is true they have a spreadsheet and crude typing tutor,
>  > both GUI and apps seem pretty awful.
>  That may be, but it sure beats what the XO is shipping with.
>  I think you see the XO's software with rose-tinted glasses.
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