[Chicago] OLPC vs Classmate

Chris McAvoy chris.mcavoy at gmail.com
Wed Apr 25 18:46:29 CEST 2007

The classmate looks like a "my first soul sucking laptop."  I heard it
comes with "kiddie-Quicken" for managing your allowance.

(that last part isn't true.)

The goals are so wildly different between classmate and olpc...one is
trying to change the world, the other is trying to keep the status
quo.  (deciding which is which is an exercise left to the reader,
hint: olpc is trying to change the world.)



On 4/25/07, Ian Bicking <ianb at colorstudy.com> wrote:
> The Classmate PC is laaame...
> http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2007/04/intel_olpc_smac.html
> I'd been under the impression it was just a slightly different class,
> but it's barely any more powerful than the XO.
> Comparison chart here:
> http://laptopmag.com/features/Intel-vs-OLPC-Battle-of-Good-Wills.htm?Page=2
> Note that the goals for battery life for the XO are actually higher than
> what's listed, though probably the standard they use for measuring it
> doesn't work for the techniques OLPC is trying (the XO will be usable
> even when asleep, so for some kinds of usage the power consumption will
> be lower).  Also, the XO won't use Lithium Ion batteries because of
> safety issues.
> Here's a nice picture of the Classmate's screen:
> http://flickr.com/photos/dcmetroblogger/409238819/in/set-72157594232448993
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