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Post by Admin on Fri Nov 13, 2009 5:06 pm


OLPC =(One Laptop per Child)

Introducing the children's laptop from One Laptop per Child, a potent learning tool created expressly for the world’s poorest children living in its most remote environments. The laptop was designed collaboratively by experts from both academia and industry, bringing to bear both extraordinary talent and many decades of collective field experience in every aspect of this non-profit humanitarian project. The result is a unique harmony of form and function; a flexible, ultra low-cost, power-efficient, responsive, and durable machine with which nations of the emerging world can leapfrog decades of development—immediately transforming the content and quality of their children’s learning.

Unlike any laptop ever built
The laptop is not a cost-reduced version of today's laptop; we have fundamentally reconsidered personal computer architecture—hardware, software, and display. Unlike any laptop ever built, the laptop:

Creates its own mesh network out of the box. Each machine is a full-time wireless router. Children—as well as their teachers and families—in the remotest regions of the globe will be connected both to one another and to the Internet.
Features a 7.5-inch, 1200×900-pixel, TFT screen and self-refreshing display with higher resolution (200 DPI) than 95% of the laptops on the market today. Two display modes are available: a transmissive, full-color mode; and a reflective, high-resolution mode that is sunlight readable. Both of these modes consume very little power: the transmissive mode consumes one watt—about one seventh of the average LCD power consumption in a laptop; and the reflective mode consumes a miserly 0.2 watts.
Can selectively suspend operation of its CPU, which makes possible further remarkable power savings. The laptop nominally consumes less than two watts—less than one tenth of what a standard laptop consumes—so little that laptop can be recharged by human power. This is a critical advance for the half-billion children who have no access to electricity.
Free software
To enhance performance and reliability while containing costs, The laptop is not burdened by the bloat of excess code, the “feature-itis” that is responsible for much of the clumsiness, unreliability, and expense of many modern laptops. We intend for laptop to start up in an instant—faster than any commercial laptop now available—and move briskly through its operations.

The laptop is an open-source machine: free software gives children the opportunity to fully own the machine in every sense. While we don't expect every child to become a programmer, we don't want any ceiling imposed on those children who choose to modify their machines. We are using open document formats for much the same reason: transparency is empowering. The children—and their teachers—will have the freedom to reshape, reinvent, and reapply their software, hardware, and content.

The generation-one machine’s core electronics begin with the 433Mhz AMD Geode processor. There are 256MB of dynamic RAM and 1GB of SLC NAND flash memory on board. The basic integrated operating system is a “skinny” Fedora distribution of Linux. The user interface is specially designed to support collaborative learning and teaching: every activity comes with a support network of teachers and children, so learning need not be an isolated, lonely endeavor.

Each machine features a video/still camera, three external USB-2.0 ports, plus an SD slot.

The laptop is VOIP-enabled, creating another link among users (both locally and globally). It features CSound, an incredibly powerful and versatile music synthesis software that takes advantage of a full-featured audio codec (and the mesh network for collaborative musical performances). There are internal stereo speakers, as well as a stereo line-out jack. The microphone is built in, with a mic-in jack, which offers another unique feature: “sensor input” mode. The children can plug in any of a number of home-made data sensor, enabling them, for example, to turn their machines into thermometers or oscilloscopes.

Form factor

Form factor was a priority from the start: the laptop could not be big, heavy, fragile, trivial, ugly, dangerous, or dull. Another imperative was visual distinction. In part, the goal is to strongly appeal to the laptop’s intended users; but the machine’s distinctive appearance is also meant to discourage gray market traffic. There’s no mistaking what it is and who it is for.

The laptop is about the size of a textbook and lighter than a lunchbox. Thanks to its flexible design and “transformer” hinge, the laptop easily assumes any of several configurations: standard laptop use, ebook reading, and gaming.

The laptop has soft, rounded edges. The integrated handle is kid-sized, as is the sealed, rubber-membrane keyboard. The touchpad supports pointing and dragging.

Safety and reliability
The laptop is fully compliant with the European Union’s RoHS Directive. It contains no hazardous materials. Its batteries (NiMH or LiFePo4) contain no toxic heavy metals, plus it features enhanced battery management for an extended recharge-cycle lifetime. It will also tolerate alternate power-charging sources, such as car batteries.

To top off the battery—for use at home and where power is not available—the laptop can be hand powered. It will come with at least two of three options: a crank, a pedal, or a pull-cord. It is also possible that children could have a second battery for gang-charging at school while they are using their laptop in class.

Experience shows that the laptop components most likely to fail are its hard drive and internal connectors. The laptop has no hard drive to crash and only two internal cables. For added robustness, the machine’s plastic walls are 2.0mm thick, as opposed to the standard 1.3mm. Its mesh network antennas, which far out-perform those of the typical laptop, double as external covers for the USB ports, which are protected internally as well. The display is also cushioned by internal “bumpers.”

The estimated product lifetime is at least five years. To help ensure such durability, the machines will be subject to factory testing to destruction as well as in situ field testing by children.HAVE U HEARD OF  OLPC? Olpc_x11

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HAVE U HEARD OF  OLPC? Empty UPE children get free computers

Post by hacker739 on Wed May 05, 2010 4:29 pm

Indeed newkampala.forumotion is a a head wow thanks the Government of uganda is in action read this guys

Tuesday, 4th May, 2010

By Conan Businge

PUPILS in government-aided schools are to begin using computers. The computers, provided by the Government, are aimed at improving the quality of education.

The project will be piloted in the next financial year and rolled out in all government-aided primary schools.

The low-cost laptops each worth $250 (about sh522,500), will be supplied by the association, One Laptop Per Child.

Education state minister Rukutana Mwesigwa said President Yoweri Museveni directed the ministry to begin with a pilot scheme of about 10,000 computers in July.

Meeting a delegation from the US-based One Laptop Per Child last week, Museveni said the Government would support the project.

He noted that the computers would increase pupil’s capacity to learn quickly and sharpen their minds.

Rukutana yesterday said they were still negotiating with donors on whether to begin the project in rural or urban areas.
He said the details of initial recipients would be available soon.

The minister said pupils will benefit from the simplified, durable, water-proof laptops that can last from six to seven years.

“We know that pupils cannot ably use sophiscated laptops. These ones were preferred because they are simplified and loaded with about 10,000 textbooks and important content on our country’s curriculum,” he said.

The project aims at providing educational opportunities for the world’s poorest children.

“The laptops will help children learn in a modern way,” Rukutana said.
The software tools and content are designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning.

They will enable pupils also learn by teaching and assisting other learners.
There are about 8 million pupils in primary schools across the country, 6.8 million of whom are under universal primary education.

Officials at the ministry say they will follow the President’s directive but funds for the project will have to be outsourced from Government and other education partners in the next financial year.

About $2b is required to cover all pupils in the coming years, with each laptop costing $250. Officials at the ministry said the value may reduce, depending on the national procurement body procedures.

The East African Community and the One Laptop Per Child project signed a memorandum of understanding in Kampala, on April 28.

During the meeting in Entebbe, Matthew Keller, a project director in charge of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said the major beneficiaries would be primary school children aged between six and 12 years.

The eight millennium development goal focuses on developing a global partnership for development. It makes it imperative for governments to increase internet users by improving computer literacy.

Only one million Ugandans have access to computers, compared to 120 million people in the US, according to statistics from US Census Bureau.

The scrapping of tax on computers has boosted the usage and ownership in Uganda. Prices have reduced from about sh1.6m to sh500,000.

According to the African Studies Centre at the University of Pennsylvania in the US, Kenya, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Zimbabwe have progressed technologically in the sub-Saharan Africa, while Uganda and Tanzania are lagging behind.

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Post by avatar on Wed May 05, 2010 5:09 pm

According to the African Studies Centre at the University of Pennsylvania in the US, Kenya, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Zimbabwe have progressed technologically in the sub-Saharan Africa, while Uganda and Tanzania are lagging behind.

i dont believe that guys , here guys know stuff just bse they lack materials and govt sponsoring again the blame is on minister of information& technology ,just imagine if the minister was 35 yrs that sounds sweet bse what i believe any one beyond 35 is a computer illiterate here. what do u think?

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Post by sol_drethedon on Fri Jun 08, 2012 9:31 pm

New Kampala should lead the way in realizing the OLPC initiative. guys, i am pledging one laptop! seriously.

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