One Laptop Per Child user interface - In pictures

Summary:Taking a look at the One Laptop Per Child user interface.

[Updated: Nov 23, 2006 @ 5:20 am] Added a new gallery of OLPC images showing how the design changed over time.

The other day I downloaded a VMware image of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) so I could have a play with it and I have to say that I'm pretty impressed with what I'm seeing (you'll need the free VMware Player to view this unless you have a full copy of VMware Workstation).

I'm particularly impressed with how simple and straight-forward the interface is.  I really wasn't sure how simple an interface could be and remain useful.  I think that this strikes the right balance.  Since it's mostly graphical I'm sure that with a little trial and error a kid can get to grips with it pretty easily.  The idea is that kids use the PC for learning, and not waste time learning how to use it.  It'll be interesting to see how different countries use this tool in different ways.

This is a fantastic use of Linux.  It's making a different where it counts.

Take a look for yourself - gallery here.

New gallery showing how the design of the OLPC changed over time.

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Topics: VMWare

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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

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