Announce: OLPC software strategy.

Chris Ball cjb at
Sat Jul 10 12:17:17 EDT 2010

Hi Andrew,

   > Hi Chris, Can we work on QEMU with the F12 / F13 ARM port to
   > emulate user land of XO 1.75 and Sugar? I think that would be
   > helpful to get things bootstrapped earlier than waiting for more
   > dev boards to arrive if an emulation mechanism could be
   > developed.

We can try, but I think it'll be very slow.

   > In terms of the PS/2 closed source code - is the XO 1.75 going to
   > use this ancient connector at all? I'd hate to see folks waste
   > time reverse engineering closed source, even if it's likely to be
   > a few hundreds of lines if that.

We use PS/2 on XO-1 and XO-1.5 to talk to the keyboard and touchpad.
We're going to keep doing that in XO-1.75, because we want to retain
compatibility with the bottom half of the current laptop.

   > I'd be interested in helping if I could. I have experience
   > writing X11 drivers (way back in the 1990's on the old Matrox
   > cards) and low level printer drivers (pnm2ppa is one of mine),
   > and did a bit of porting of ReiserFS to Alpha on Suse Linux for
   > Alpha back in the day.

Great, thanks!

- Chris.
Chris Ball   <cjb at>
One Laptop Per Child

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