[Squeakland] Cranky laptop & Squeak?

Matthew Soar ponda at cix.co.uk
Wed Oct 5 02:58:04 PDT 2005


Greetings

three chunks

1)
with an idea of making between 1 and 100 Million of these machines,
presumably Squeak will run on the Linux OS, could a native version
be written as well?

2)
some links associated with the now gone Cybiko which has many of
the requirements of the $100 project.

3)
Windows98SE in 8MB
- Linux is free, and robust etc,, however W98 has been arround
for along time, is likaly to be suported and can be reduced to
a tiny size,.....



Matthew



1) ---

The $100 laptop is being developed by One Laptop per Child (OLPC),

OLPC is based on “constructivist” theories of learning pioneered by Seymour Papert and later Alan
Kay, as well as the principles expressed in Nicholas Negroponte’s Being Digital. The founding
corporate members are Google, News Corp, AMD, Red Hat, and BrightStar.

All three individuals and five companies are active participants in OLPC.

The $100 Laptop will be a Linux-based, full-color, full-screen laptop, which initially is achieved
via flat LCD screen, in later generation products electronic paper will be used (for example E-ink
developed at the MIT Media Lab). In addition, the laptop will be rugged, use innovative power
(including a hand crank), be WiFi- and VoIP-enabled, and have 4 USB ports. Its current
specifications are: 500 MHz, 1 GiB of flash memory (no hard drive), SVGA 7" diagonal display, 128
MiB of DRAM. The cost of materials and assembly for each laptop is estimated to be approximately
$100.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%24100_laptop

images of the design.
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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/40/Laptop09052.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/cd/Laptop09053.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/6d/Laptop0905.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/13/Laptop09055.jpg

project web site
http://laptop.media.mit.edu/

September 28, 2005
Move over Microsoft, Dell. The $100 PC cometh. From MIT.
http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=1935&tag=nl.e589

$100 Laptop Effort Gains Momentum
09.29.05
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1865071,00.asp

2) ------------------------------------------------------

somthing simalar has been made befor;

Cybiko is a hand held computer designed for teenagers (although available and suitable for all ages,
including adults). It has over 430 "official" freeware games and applications.

The CPU is an Hitachi H8S/2323 at 18 MHz and it also has an Atmel AT90S2313 co-processor at 4 MHz to
provide some support. It came with 512 KB ROM flash memory and 1.5 MB RAM. It came with an add-on
slot in the back, but the only hadware released was an MP3 player.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybiko
http://www.geocities.com/cybikonation/pictures.html

and...

Inventor Plans New Computing Platform for Students
By Jack M. Germain
TechNewsWorld
02/12/05 1:30 AM PT

The new PDA will be more of a wireless communicating device than a computer. It will have a built-in
peer-to-peer network that will not require the Internet for users to stay connected. However, it
will also have full Internet browsing capabilities. Mark Menarik, CEO of Chicago-based TanCher, said
the device will focus on maximizing the wireless capabilities for the educational market
http://www.technewsworld.com/story/40471.html
http://www.tancher.com/

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Windows98SE in 8MB!!
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The screenshot below is real. There is no disk compression, ramdrives or imaging utiltities involved
here. Using our EOS software we performed an embedded installation of Windows98SE to a small 500MB
hard disk. After booting to the explorer GUI our starting point was in fact a 17MB installation. All
extraneous files were resolved and removed, leaving the smallest, leanest Windows98SE ever. It boots
in seconds, is wonderfully fast and stable as a rock. Mind you it doesnt do a whole lot, though as
you can see we still have the Explorer GUI and command environments fully functional. Serial ports,
parallel ports, floppy, mouse etc - all present and accounted for!

Now if you think this is silly-small...you should see what happens when you use Microsoft's
Drivespace compression with a 3x compression factor. No I am not kidding. Windows98SE on a 4MB
Disk-on-Chip anyone? The screenshot would look the same, since the compression is transparent the OS
would be reporting 8MB still - just the physical storage is halved. Works great though!

EOS Embedded Windows98SE has some huge advantages over Windows CE on an ix86 PC platform. A plethora
of hardware devices are available with all the driver development done tried and tested. Standard
software development tools abound and a wealth of off-the-shelf software are available.
http://www.embeddingwindows.com/8mb_windows98.html

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