[IAEP] The Observer article on OLPC in Rwanda

Christoph Derndorfer e0425826 at student.tuwien.ac.at
Mon Mar 29 04:43:44 EDT 2010

Apart from not mentioning Sugar I think this is a well researched and 
well written article, definitely one of the best ones I've seen in 

Two aspects which I did find quite amusing are the following two comparisons:

"He hands me one of the computers. A little larger than a box of 
"Cavallo flips it over, converting it at once into a games console."

Box of chocolates? Game console? How about making the more obvious (and 
given the context more appropiate seeming) comparison to a book in both 
cases? ;-)


Zitat von Sean DALY <sdaly.be at gmail.com>:

> http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/mar/28/rwanda-laptop-revolution
> A well-written article which effectively communicates OLPC's goals in
> the context of Rwanda's troubled recent hostory. 4-page spread in the
> print version.
> However, as is unfortunately often the case with OLPC-F sources, Sugar
> is given short shrift. Software is mentioned in the print version
> tech-specs sidebar as "Linux-based", and referred to elsewhere as
> being "too slow"; and Windows will be available in future, the
> implication being that would correct something. The writer says: "The
> desktop appears as an unfamiliar cartwheel of programmes represented
> by child-friendly icons", but there's no exploration of Activities, or
> what the kids are doing - clearly, the unfamiliarity barrier played a
> role here, and the absence of the boot logo means the "system" is
> unnamed.
> Sean.
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Christoph Derndorfer
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