If Sugar is too weird for you but you’re totally ok with a bright-green, rabbit-eared notebook then you’ll want to read this.

On-Disk’s solution is called Xtra Ordinary. For $41.09 you get a 4GB SD card with a Debian Linux-based operating system that uses the LXDE desktop environment. It feels more like a typical desktop operating system than Sugar OS, and uses a layout with desktop shortcuts, and a Windows-like taskbar and start menu.

As you already know, I think quite highly of Sugar, and especially its innovative UI.

I suppose this solution could turn an OLPC into the world’s cheapest ruggedized notebook — then again, who would bring an OLPC to somewhere like a construction site and expect to be taken seriously?

Posted via web from Andrew Currie on Posterous


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