is anyone actually doing Windows on XO work here?

Albert Cahalan acahalan at
Wed Jul 22 03:06:42 EDT 2009

On Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 2:46 PM, Sameer Verma<sverma at> wrote:

>> This is largely because you aren't doing normal Linux development.
> "Normal". Now there's a term that's relative. Is GNOME normal? Or is it KDE?
> Or XFCE, LXDE? Enlightenment, maybe?

For this purpose: all of the above plus FVWM and probably
even Ratpoison, the mouse-free window manager. They are
quite compatible; I can run nearly all GNOME apps on KDE
and nearly all KDE apps on GNOME.

The development effort blamed on Linux is actually caused
by abandoning all the typical Linux compatibility.

> My daughter, who is almost 4 takes to Sugar quite easily, but will not
> bother with GNOME on my desktop at home. I was amazed at how easily
> she took to playing Implode on the XO in under 5 minutes. I realize that
> its a statistic of 1

Not that I was intending to suggest anything at all about the user
experience (my comment was strictly developer oriented) but...

I've seen the exact opposite. Kids seem to tolerate GNOME.
They lose things in Sugar, and they hate the slowness.
These are kids without much computer experience, and most
of that being on a computer with roughly XO-class hardware.

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