View Full Version : Look what what Fed Ex brought the other day

04-29-2008, 12:56 AM
Ok, it's not really news, but I think it's pretty cool:


It's my daughter's (sometimes mine) new XO Laptop.

I participated in the Give 1 Get 1 project with One Lap top Per Child. Basically you donate a $100 laptop (actual retail price about $200 after cost overruns) and you get the opportunity to buy one for your family. Anyway, the G1G1 program ended at the end of December and I waited patiently for nearly 4 months for this little guy to arrive.


This little laptop packs quite a punch. Built in WIFI (see the ears), camera and mic, its runs a modified Distro of Debian Linux, there lots of educational apps pre-installed and a community of developers working on new stuff. It has 1g memory but no HDD (it's not a media machine by any means) and no CD drive (where would you put it). But it does have 3 USB2 ports, 1 firewire, one SD Card reader. Also, the screen can swivel and actually turn around and transform into an e reader. Boot time is less than 15 seconds.

With the backlight on the battery will last about 3 hours, but it only takes 45 for the battery to charge. There's actually a setting to turn off the backlight, and let the sunshine display the screen. It's actually a neat effect that makes the screen look like newsprint and will extend the battery life for up-to 24 hours.

The keyboard is completed covered so its protected from spills and sand and what-not. The 'ears' close when not in use to protect the USB ports etc. and it's drop-proof with no moving parts. It just seems like a great children's computer.

Technically, I gave it to my daughter. (I now have a 3 year old running Linux in my household /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif ). And she loves it, especially the music maker application TamTam and a Speller application. But it's such a fun little machine that I had to play with it. I installed Opera on it and Flash ( it came with Gnash but really that didn't work with alot of websites) and a gmail application. So it's also Dad's internet and email machine for those times that I need more than my phone and don't feel like booting up my laptop or desktop.

Anyway, I though it was neat and wanted to share some pics of this gadget that I've waited so long to play with.

XO vs BB

As an e-reader

My Goodness My XO


04-29-2008, 01:45 AM
That is so cool.

04-29-2008, 02:38 AM
what type of memory is running in that? and is it a modified k6-2 300? i remember reading the specs were going to be something lilke that.

04-29-2008, 03:04 AM
# CPU: x86-compatible processor with 64KB each L1 I and D cache; at least 128KB L2 cache;

* AMD Geode LX-700@0.8W (datasheet)

# CPU clock speed: 433 Mhz;

* Athlon instruction set (including MMX and 3DNow! Enhanced) with additional Geode-specific instructions

# Companion chips: PCI and memory interface integrated with CPU;

* North Bridge: PCI and Memory Interface integrated with Geode CPU (info)
* South Bridge: AMD CS5536 (datasheet)

# Graphics controller: Integrated with CPU; unified memory architecture;

# DRAM memory: 256 MiB dynamic RAM; data rate: dual-DDR333-166Mhz;

# Mass storage: 1024 MiB SLC NAND flash, high-speed flash controller;

It's not exactly a speed demon, but does a good job for its' size and capabilities. I've read that this machine can be overcloked without much problem but I haven't tried it yet. It was designed to withstand the heat of deserts. /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

04-29-2008, 06:06 AM
It certainly is cute. I bought an Asus Eee 4G which I installed XP in order to use it as an ultra portable marking machine for work. So far I am loving the little device.

04-29-2008, 11:22 AM
So Steve Balmer is right then. No is interested in small, simple computers for basic tasks. We all need state of the art dekstops with a bloated OS for every aspect of our computer needs. Especially children in developing countries.

04-29-2008, 06:56 PM
I was forced to install XP which I nlited to make it smaller and less bloated due to the marking software that the local board uses. It does a wonderful job at what I am using it for. In fact, I love my Eee a lot more then my 14" HP laptop.

Balmer is wrong. There are quite a lot of uses for small extremely portable devices with just enough power to get the job done like your and my machine.