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

Peter Robinson pbrobinson at gmail.com
Wed Aug 3 11:41:57 EDT 2011

On Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 4:15 PM, Ron Feigenblatt <docdtv at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello,
> 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?

No, generally SoaS aims at being compatible with the XO OS releases where
possible, but generally a bit further ahead.

> 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.

The EEE netbooks also use all sorts of chips so it works on most but not
all. I'm awaiting the X101 to hit the shelves so we can see more details. In
most cases now days the only issue we see on netbooks is those that use the
X series atom processors and that is due to their GPU.

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