At an event organized by the OLPC Learning Club DC in Washington, OLPC Community Content Director Samuel Klein brought the XO 1.5 with him. The new device with its VIA CPU stands out from the original XO a report of the community page OLPC News in terms of performance clearly. Real details such as the final price of the new devices are still pending. It would be important to convince in this regard too - for now OLPC is already being declared dead by skeptics.
As announced in the spring comes the XO 1.5 with a processor type C7-M from VIA. The variably clocked CPU with up to one gigahertz delivers significantly more power, as demonstrated by the simultaneous call of the eToys multimedia authoring tool on a new and an old XO device. The XO 1.5 could clearly depend on the predecessor, although the integrated there CPU was overclocked to 500 megahertz. According to Klein, the new hardware should also enable full-screen video playback and a smoother Java development for the Sugar tutorial interface.
Really big stir was not made around the demonstration of the XO 1.5, and still details stand out like the general availability of the new devices and their price. The OLPC project could well use real successes not least in these points to convince skeptics. "The Dream is Over" is the title of a recent post on UN Dispatch, a blog published by Ted Turner's United Nations Foundation in 1998. This is not least of the high equipment costs and rather modest sales figures - only about a million pieces - the speech. But over time, OLPC had also knocked out former comrades, for example by using Windows on the XO.
OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte has always said that OLPC is an educational and not a laptop project. Although Negroponte critics have repeatedly assumed pure rhetoric behind it, ultimately it seems quite possible that OLPC will have much greater success as an educational project. "I'm glad that there are so many other cheap netbooks that can do the good cause, " says Aaron Kaplan, chairman of OLPC Austria, in an interview with pressetext. After all, the software tools that are supposed to drive education, especially in emerging and developing countries, are not necessarily dependent on XO hardware. For example, the learning interface Sugar, originally developed for OLPC, has been available as "Sugar on a Stick" since the end of June 2009. This makes it possible to start any computer via USB stick under Sugar. (Pte)