[IAEP] [Marketing] ASUS Eee PC X101 @ $199: A worthy non-XO platform for Sugar?

Ron Feigenblatt docdtv at gmail.com
Wed Aug 3 11:15:10 EDT 2011


Christoph Derndorfer <e0425826 at student.tuwien.ac.at> wrote:
> Asus Germany just announced that the X101 should become available in
> Austria and Germany in mid-August and with a price tag of €169 (~$241).
> I think this might just become my next impulse purchase;-)
> ...As an aside, my personal interest in the X101 is more closely related to
> education projects rather than Meego itself. People and organizations
> are regularly approaching me about using XOs and Sugar for projects but
> the defacto non-availability of classroom-sized XO purchases tends to
> kill their motivation rather quickly. Having another very inexpensive
> solution in this space might just be the catalyst many folks need! :-)

If the X101 runs Sugar on a Stick (SoS), isn't most of what you need
accomplished? In recent years, I have not closely followed OLPC and
Sugar. Does SoS exclude any important features, e.g. networking
multiple PCs?

The EEE netbook family is about four years old; millions have been
sold. You might even borrow one at TUW right now, to try booting SoS.

By the way, what about Sugar do you like best? The user interface? The
suite of existing activities? The zero licensing costs? The ease of
developing new activities? The brand equity? Something else?

Ron F

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