Live from UDS Sevilla: Hacking in Spain

Anyway, we’re talking about a lot of things. The neatest things that I’m seeing are the stuff going into Edubuntu. We’ve got a lot of folks here who are focused on international use of GNU/Linux in educational settings. There are two of those little tiny childrens’ laptops here, both the MIT OLPC and the Intel ClassMate. They both look pretty sweet, though I favor the Intel ClassMate (sorry Tristan).
I’ve also seen some of the completely awesome progress made with Free Software Flash players. I’ve seen both gnash and swfdec, and both of them seem rather good. We watched Tickle-Me Elmo on Fire on YouTube on Gnash, and I’ve seen Tonio_ watch some videos with swfdec. It all looks really cool and it seems like a rather high priority. We really need Free Software Flash players, so this is a really nice development.
I’ve been busy as well working on some stuff as well. The two things I’ll likely be doing for 7.10/Gutsy are some improvements to Adept (possibly looking at merging in version 2.1), and a KDE4 port of kde-systemsettings. This is all very cool stuff.
For those of you reading this from Illinois, I would just like to remind you that all of this, and more, will be discussed at manchicken’s house of hack on May 19th. Don’t forget to email ubuntu-illinois-rsvpATnotsosoftDOTnet to get the address and phone number. I hope to see you all there.

2 Replies to “Live from UDS Sevilla: Hacking in Spain”

  1. Glad to hear things went well over there.
    Just a question, how long have these Intel ClassMate laptops been out? I never even heard of them before. What do you like better about them over the OLPC?
    Jordan Wilberding

  2. To be honest, I think they’re both excellent, but suitable for different age groups. The OLPC seems like it’d be perfect for primary education, and the ClassMate would be perfect for secondary education. That is taking both the horsepower of the machine and the appearance of the machine into account. The ClassMate wasn’t just running straight GNU/Linux. It has a lot of custom (presumably Free) software running on it, whereas the ClassMate runs a straight GNU/Linux distro.
    I also think the ClassMate would be excellent if marketed to commuters. I’d slap Kubuntu on that thing and take it around on the train any day of the week. What an excellent little hacking machine it’d be.
    Both of them are awful small though. I’m concerned that not enough user-acceptance testing has been done. I would hope that these laptop programs would work for K-12 (or if there’s another country’s equivalent to that) education, but these machines only seem designed for younger kids.

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