[Sur] XOs used in primary elections in Uruguay

José Miguel García jgarcia en anep.edu.uy
Mie Jun 18 13:31:35 EDT 2014

Es importante aclarar que las laptops utilizadas durante las elecciones
pasadas no eran XO, sino las Magalhaes (también distribuidas por el Plan
Ceibal, por lo que también se denominan "Ceibalitas")

El software utilizado corría bajo Linux, con la distribución Ubuntu.

Lic. José Miguel García
Tecnología Educativa

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> Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:10:48 -0500
> From: Yama Ploskonka <yamaplos en gmail.com>
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> A generally private-but-the-taxpayer-pays-expenses company in Uruguay,
> Conex, is said to have charged the Electoral Court US$ 2 million for
> software that was used in the recent primary elections in Uruguay.
> Central to this was the use of XO laptops, locally knows as "Ceibalitas"
> Now, in the middle of a pass-the-buck media war, the XO's filled-up
> memory and in some circumstances slow response are blamed for some
> issues during the counting of votes and the data transmission to
> Montevideo.
> Conex insists those problems had an easy solution that insufficiently
> trained users did not follow.
> Connectivity problems, lack of extension cords also occurred, among other.
> My opinion is that this was a valiant attempt to use the XOs for Real
> Life needs.
> Also, I would like to see Conex upstreaming some of what they charged (I
> have no knowledge of any upstreaming that has happened by Uruguay in
> many years, and over a million XOs, except in a courageous and devoted
> individual basis) for the "free" operating system and software that they
> got - though I agree that the current browser is very heavy, and slow
> responses and bad connections are obvious results.
> Maybe if they had developed a lighter browser - maybe even a text based
> one.
> Since an efficient system or UX has seldom been a priority in XO/Sugar
> software development (looks and ideology preempt UX), it is possible
> they never thought of such an option.
> Too bad, since originally the Ceibalitas were to be "it" for the
> National Elections in October. THAT would have been a great thing, IMHO.
> Link to article (Spanish)
> http://www.elpais.com.uy/informacion/organismos-se-culpan-demoras-eleccion.html
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