Android, OLPC, and native hosting

John Watlington wad at
Mon Dec 28 10:07:46 EST 2009

On Dec 28, 2009, at 8:54 AM, NoiseEHC wrote:

> You can still create applications with
> With the existing tools it is true that children cannot create the  
> same quality applications what is possible with the Android SDK  
> environment (even if we include a ported Etoys, TurtleArt and  
> Karma), but they could create and share applications with the  
> currently existing tools so what is the problem? The problem with  
> self hosted activity development is the nonexistent development  
> environment rather than the limited functionality. Even if the  
> compilers will be ported to the Android NDK, Eclipse will never be  
> ported so programming Android on the XO-3 (or XO-1.7) will be just  
> as painful as programming Sugar with Pippy today. A much more  
> simple solution would be just shipping a full fledged Linux PC to  
> every school and let children log into it with VNC.

Ahem.   With XO-1.5, I feel that I AM shipping a "full-fledged Linux  
PC" to every child.
Since when did it take more than a GB of RAM and 4GB of disk to host  
an IDE ?

My point still stands: until Android supports its own development  
tools, you are
turning it's users into second class citizens.


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