[Olpc-open] XO as a "$400 device"

Damien Marsic damien at rael.org
Wed Dec 26 01:26:36 EST 2007

Hello everybody,

I just got a XO through the G1G1 program. I wanted to support the OLPC 
while getting a small laptop that I could use while traveling. I enjoy 
being able to browse the web, read my email and read ebooks. However, I 
have been unable to do the following, and I would appreciate any help on 
how to do it:

- Watch videos on web pages (youtube, TV news from TV web sites) - gnash 
does not work for flash movies, and real video or windows media are not 
- Watch divx movies from a flash drive
- Listen to more than one mp3 file without having to close the helix 
player, go back to the journal, select another song, open it with the 
player, and again and again for each new song (the player has next and 
pevious buttons but I could not figure out how to use them, and there is 
no "file open" option)

Is there a way to get this work, or is it better to erase the OS and put 
a regular Linux?


M. Edward (Ed) Borasky wrote:
> Michael Tobis wrote:
>> Oops:
>> http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2007/12/olpc_and_the_ki.html
>> mt
>> On Dec 25, 2007 9:02 AM, X wrote:
>>     You didn't post a link to the story
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> Interesting reading ... and very similar to my decision process.
> 1. I ruled out the Kindle immediately. I don't believe in spending $200
> -- $400 for a computer that only does one or two things, like playing
> media, reading books, or talking to people. For another $100 I can get a
> low-end laptop with at least 1 GB of RAM, a dual-core processor, a
> decent sized hard drive and Windows Vista. There's plenty of disk space
> left over, so I can dual-boot it with Linux, which is what I really want.
> 2. So the choice was between a "conventional" laptop, like Acer, Compaq
> or HP, and a smaller one, the ASUS Eee or XO. I liked the ASUS Eee but
> pretty much everybody was sold out. They may be in stock now, but they
> weren't back then. So it was a conventional laptop or the XO.
> 3. At that point I started looking at the technology of the XO
> seriously. Great screen, Linux wireless that actually works, low
> electrical footprint, much lighter than the conventional laptop, fewer
> moving parts, etc. But the clincher was that CSound is standard
> equipment. So there I was, and here I am with an XO.
> Oh yeah ... I'm also addicted to playing Implode. :)
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