[svlug] OLPC XO ("$100 laptop") available to public

Sameer Verma sverma at sfsu.edu
Mon Sep 24 23:43:46 PDT 2007

Jonathan Byrne wrote:
> On Monday 24 September 2007, de Runtz, Lars wrote:
>> Someone has to say it.  Apple inspired "early adopter" price?  I
> Or they're just not selling well, and this is a ploy to get enough of 
> them deployed in the target market :p
> Has anyone ever seen/used one? 
We have a B4 (developer machine) version of the XO, which I believe is 
pretty close to the final version.
> If so, what was your impression? 
Its definitely not your average laptop. Battery life is terrific. So is 
the display. Wi-fi range is much better than my Vaio. The XO has no 
moving parts. The form factor is a bit small for me (keys are a bit 
small) but then again, my daughter loves it...she's almost two. The only 
thing I would sorely miss if I were to use it as my regular work machine 
is a VGA display arrangement for a projector.
> Would 
> you give one to your young kids?
Absolutely. If I had to pick one reason, it would be that there is no 
"Start" button (or a foot or 'K'). I really like the idea that its 
unlike what most of us are used to. I recently did a presentation to an 
internal group on the project. The info is a collection from the 


Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Systems
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132 USA

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