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Next Best Thing to OLPC

I am really quite excited that the One Laptop Per Child, better known as the $100 notebook computer, has finally bear fruit. My hope is that, eventually, I'd get my hands on one to play with. Although I won't be able to get my hands on one any time soon, I did encounter the next best thing just now--running the OLPC operating system in a virtual machine on Windows!

Recently, I had came across LivePC Engine created by moka5 (see "Related Links" below). I needed to run Ubuntu on my Windows notebook and LivePC Engine did the trick. Today, when I was browsing through moka5's catalog of LivePC's to run on my computer, I found that they have a One Laptop Per Child LivePC!

I was so amazed that I downloaded the LivePC immediately to play with. The photos below are screen shots of the OLPC GUI. The first photo is the menu after booting up. Took me a while to figure out how to get the surrounding menu to pop-up (you have to move the mouse pointer to the edge of the screen).

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Chieh Cheng
Fri, 29 Dec 2006 23:48:11 -0800

The flying star symbol seems to be a learning/building application. You can use it as a drawing board. It allows you to add 3D objects, etc.

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Chieh Cheng
Fri, 29 Dec 2006 23:58:36 -0800

The cartoon bubble is an instant message application. I don't know how to connect to anyone else to send an instant message yet . . .

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Chieh Cheng
Sat, 30 Dec 2006 00:00:36 -0800

The beach ball like symbol is the web browser application. I guess the symbol really stands for the world rather than a beach ball. Apparently the LivePC Engine automatically connects the OLPC virtual machine to the internet, because Google came up immediately.

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Chieh Cheng
Sat, 30 Dec 2006 00:03:57 -0800

The grid like symbol is apparently a memory-like game. But I can't figure out how to play it.

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Chieh Cheng
Sat, 30 Dec 2006 00:06:49 -0800

I can't figure out what it the penguin-in-front-of-the-TV symbol. When I click on it, the virtual machine becomes really slow and all I get is the blank screen.

However, the Star Trek like symbol is the word processor application.

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Chieh Cheng
Sat, 30 Dec 2006 00:32:26 -0800

The drum-symbol brings up another screen full of pictures. Most of the pictures have to do with musical instruments, or an object associated with a sound. I suspect you can make music with it. But when I click on thing, they make no sound. the screen is also garbled. It seems that the application is meant for a larger screen.

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Chieh Cheng
Sat, 30 Dec 2006 00:35:50 -0800

The stacked-rectangles on the right side of the menu lets you toggle between the current application and the previous application.

The dot symbol brings up the running tasks list (see photo below). You can bring up any open task with it.

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Chieh Cheng
Sat, 30 Dec 2006 00:44:17 -0800

The wire on the right hand side of the menu lets you select network connectivity. The x in the circle lets you shutdown the computer.

I finally got the penguin-in-front-of-the-TV application to run. Apparently it is the RSS feed reader. Even though I got it to run, it is extremely slow!

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Chieh Cheng
Sat, 30 Dec 2006 01:08:33 -0800

I still don't know what the circle of balls and the triangle of three balls do. They seems to move the humanoid stick-figure around.

The single rectangle symbol brings up the current application when you are in the task list or in another screen after clicking one of the balls symbol.

Chieh Cheng
Sat, 30 Dec 2006 01:13:29 -0800

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