[IAEP] [support-gang] Questions about the new XO Tablet and Software

Yama Ploskonka yamaplos at gmail.com
Wed Jan 9 02:19:12 EST 2013

is it Nell replacing Sugar? :-p

or are both out? :-(

(the :-p is not a celebration of Nell trumping Sugar, just that there 
seemed to be some OLPCx going ons that could be noticed but weren't 
quite clear. What else would it be that OLPC would license? no idea if 
they could license Sugar? but maybe they can license Nell?)

I love Sugar - just wish it were more teacher/classroom-useful.

On 01/09/2013 01:03 AM, C. Scott Ananian wrote:
> These questions deserve a complete response, but I don't have all the 
> answers myself.  (I'm "OLPC Foundation", not "OLPC Association".)
> The short version of the story is that OLPC-A has licensed out the XO 
> name to two groups, in an effort to increase the penetration of the 
> OLPC ideas.  One group created the "XO Learning" environment, which is 
> a skinned version of Android loaded with a bunch of licensed 
> educational software (from sesame street, little pim, etc).  The other 
> group created the "XO Learning tablet", which is to be sold in large 
> quantities at Walmart.  The "XO Learning tablet" runs the "XO Learning 
> environment", and I think the idea is that eventually there may be 
> multiple hardware licensees running the "XO Learning environment" 
> being sold by various retailers.  This would allow price competition 
> to bring down the price of educational tablets for 1st world retail sale.
> The software isn't really "by OLPC", more like "inspired by and 
> licensed from OLPC".  That said, it doesn't look half-bad in the 
> demos.  I'm cautiously optimistic this might get some good educational 
> content in front of another 200,000 or so kids.  Fingers crossed...
>   --scott
> -- 
>       ( http://cscott.net )
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