Bert Freudenberg is talking to us (and showing us) the OLPC device this morning. I've been skeptical of the machine, but it is an interesting device. They've done a number of interesting things to keep the price of the screen down, and yet still give you something that's visible in daylight (as opposed to this Thinkpad I'm typing on :) ).
The system is using Linux (somewhat stripped down RedHat), X11, GTK+, Cairo, and D-Bus (messaging framework for inter-application comms). The UI is "Sugar", written in Python. There's an AbiWord based editor, and a Firefox based browser. There are also two educational apps:
- TamTam (music)
- EToys (Squeak)
EToys is a media-rich authoring environment (I've used it in a software class I did for 4th and 5th graders a few years ago). EToys was influenced by the original Smalltalk-80 work at PARC, by LOGO, by Apple's HyperCard, and by Self (comes out in Morphic).
EToys is based on Morphic. You have Players, Costumes, and Uni-classes. Scripting is implemented by having classes created on the fly for you, and making the environment be instance based.
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