Seemingly Functional Prototype

Slashdot is pointing to a Flickr set of a seemingly functional One Laptop Per Child prototypes seen by Pete Barr-Watson at the Seven Countries Task Force Meeting. The OLPC machine looks to run a version of Fedora Linux with native wireless LAN support.

Studying the images, of the four different models (green, blue, 2 orange), only one of the orange machines looks to be functional and not all that amazing:

  • it's screen doesn't seem any different than a standard laptop screen
  • it's UI looks just as unintuitive as a normal UI
  • it might require an external mouse, the touchpad here isn't functional
  • it has a standard power cord attached - not hand crank or pedal power

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