I'm a Canadian still waiting to hear when my G1G1 XO will arrive. In the meantime I daydream how the future of OLPC will unfold.
An interesting milestone that I anticipate will be the day when an XO is able to compile most of its own software. I am curious when and how this will happen, the pros and cons of enabling XO owners to do this, and whether I/we should provide any encouragement to the software developer community to make this milestone happen sooner rather than later.
If you have relevant experience or comments about reaching the self-compilation milestone, I would like to read them in my OLPC News Forum Post on this.
I am curious how much extra storage would be needed, how long self-compilation might take (hours or days or weeks?), and whether the process can be substantially automated so that a rusty old programmer like myself could get an XO to self-compile with no outside help aside from a README file.
A demonstration of self-compilation would be an outstanding milestone for the OLPC XO-1 Laptop. To anyone working (knowingly or not) to help make it happen, I thank you for giving me a fascinating project to watch!
Submitted by Peter Ruhe in hopes of generating discussion on One Laptop Per Child technology. To start your own XO hacking conversation, join the OLPC News Forums today.