Android, OLPC, and native hosting

C. Scott Ananian cscott at
Tue Jan 5 18:18:47 EST 2010

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 2:09 PM, Mikus Grinbergs <mikus at> wrote:
>> Speaking of android, has anyone heard anything about google's other OS, chrome OS?
> Installed Chrome OS on my XO-1.5 when I was using os64 - the install
> pulled in a whole barnful of dependencies.  Did not find Chrome
> impressive - but it probably is the most capable HTML5 implementation
> currently available.  What I noticed most was that the Menu Bar was
> rudimentary, with the entire screen sometimes being used instead of
> palettes.  This was a beta - performance quite humdrum.  On the XO,
> Opera is noticeably faster.

I've installed Chrome OS, and wasn't terribly impressed by either its
performance or its feature set.  Again, it was a beta, and the build I
used from from some random site, maybe wasn't a good build.

What *I* was interested to see is that all the webbooks (Chrome,
Android, Litl) are using the "one full screen window" model which OLPC
got such grief for.  Chrome OS has a slight variation, with floating
detachable subwindows, I think.  I think there's room for solid
innovation here, especially since the window manager of sugar was *my*
personal roadblock to productive on-XO activity development.

I think this thread has wandered off into non-productivity.  I
encourage anyone interested to port Android to XO hardware and/or try
to get good education tools working on Android.  I'll also plug Google
Wave here, since I think it's a good start at a robust and
standardized infrastructure for the collaborative model Sugar aspires

Happy hacking!

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