XO Gen 1.5

Gary C Martin gary at garycmartin.com
Sat Apr 18 09:55:26 EDT 2009

On 18 Apr 2009, at 14:23, Christoph Derndorfer wrote:

> Am 18.04.2009 um 08:16 schrieb NoiseEHC <NoiseEHC at freemail.hu>:
>> Hi!
>> I would like to ask these questions from OLPC staff:
>>>> Does this also mean that people who already own XOs will find that
>>>> new
>>>> software is going to require a computer more powerful than they
>>>> currently have?  I thought that that was something that was going
>>>> to be
>>>> specifically avoided.
>>> This is going to be a hard trap not to fall into, although several  
>>> of
>>> the primary activities (Browse and Write) are based on desktop
>>> products that are not necessarily aimed at low-power or embedded
>>> systems, so I don't know if things will actually be any different.
>> What about the integrated 3D support? Are you planning to support
>> OpenGL? In that case there will be a very wide performance gap (like
>> 3D acceleration vs no 3D acceleration)...
> I honestly can't think of a use-case for including any sort of 3D
> acceleration into the basic Sugar and activities. There's about a
> million significantly more important things that people should be
> working on before even thinking about 3D (IMHO).

You need to think harder ;-) 2 words... Google Earth.

I'm working on a compromise solution given there is no 3d support on  
the XO. It's a ~half screen resolution rotating globe that will accept  
khtml coords (compatibility with outside world). After much poking  
I've settled on about 3-4Mb of pre-rendered rotating Earth movie, from  
3 different latitude angles; this gives smooth rotation around the  
planet, and 3 view angles north, equator, and south. Then planning to  
layer on city/country label markers. Idea for sharing is so that you  
can create a list of geotags (probably just textual for now) and share  
them with someone else.

Don't hold your breath, I seem to be a slow worker with OSS tools and  
APIs, but it is happening.


>> Also it seems that this machine will be on par with current
>> Netbooks. Are you planning to sell it through normal distribution
>> channels? (As I am interested in theat still no Netbook has the
>> display or the indestructible design my XO has.)
> I'd be very surprised if OLPC started selling the XO-1.5 via regular
> sales channels.
> Christoph
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