I assume that by now most of you have read about OLPC X0's hardware improvements. Earlier today I talked to a fellow colleague at university about these changes and his reaction was something along the lines of "why are you so excited about this, the specifications still suck".
So I went on to tell him why I'm thinking that the decision to boost the X0 hardware is a significant improvement over the previous B2 revision hardware. Each one of them will help to improve X0 functionality a lot.
- CPU: The Geode LX700 provides more performance for less power-consumption and a more potent graphics core that should definitely help boost Sugar and improve longevity and usability for more demanding applications.
- RAM: 256MB of DDR-RAM running at 333MHz (compared to 128MB at 266MHz) will certainly help a lot in terms of multi-tasking. While some might consider multi-tasking a useless consideration for the X0 I do believe that it's a very important for situations like writing a school paper (e.g. Firefox, AbiWord and instant messaging running at the same time).
- Flash-Storage: This is probably the most important improvement in terms of usability for the children. Their journal will be able to be significantly larger and they can use more activities and store more music that they've created with TamTam. It should also allow things like the offline-Wikipedia to work much better when the machines are out of reach of the School Servers.