[Muug] MUUG Meeting, April 8, 7:30pm -- The OLPC XO Computer

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The Manitoba UNIX User Group (MUUG) will be holding its next monthly
meeting on Tuesday, April 8.  The meeting topic for this month is
as follows:

   The OLPC XO Computer

   There will be a demonstration of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC)
   computer at this month's meeting. This laptop is meant to be a
   low-cost,  perhaps  $100,  computer  to be used by students in
   third-world countries. It is being developed by an organization
   headed by Nicholas Negroponte (from MIT) and, in his words, "It's
   an education project, not a laptop project."

   Several members of MUUG bought laptops under the G1G1 (Give One,
   Get One) program, and this will allow us to demonstrate them at the
   meeting. If you happen to have one of these laptops, please bring
   it along and we'll set up a meshnet.

   Here is a brief description of the laptop: it is really small (25cm
   by  23cm  by  3  cm)  with  a  high-impact  plastic case and a
   membrane-covered keyboard. It looks like it came from Toys-R-Us! The
   release catches for opening the display are actually two antennae
   that allow wireless access. The display itself is surrounded by two
   speakers, two microphones, a camera, as well as power, battery and
   activity buttons. There is a variety of software that comes with the
   laptop. It includes a web browser (which also reads PDFs), a python
   interpreter, and programs for creating audio and video files. It
   also has journaling software that is user-accessible. This acts like
   a history that allows the user to jump back to a previous session.
   There is an installed window manager (called sugar) that is really
   different from what we are used to on a Linux machine. In addition
   and not surprisingly, the laptop comes with yum; there is a huge
   repository of files that may be transferred to this laptop.

The group holds its general meetings at 7:30pm on the second Tuesday of
every month from September to June.  (There are no meetings in July and
August.) Meetings are open to the general public; you don't have to be a
MUUG member to attend.

   Please note our meeting location: The IBM offices, at 400 Ellice Ave.
   (between Edmonton and Kennedy). When you arrive, you will have to
   sign in at the reception desk, and then wait for someone to take you
   (in groups) to the meeting room. Please try to arrive by about 7:15pm, 
   so the meeting can start promptly at 7:30pm. Don't be late, or you may
   not get in.  (But don't come too early either, since security may not
   be there to let you in before 7:15 or so.) Non-members may be required
   to show photo ID at the security desk.

   Limited parking is available for free on the street, either on Ellice
   Ave. or on some of the intersecting streets. Indoor parking is also
   available nearby, at Portage Place, for $3.00 for the evening. Bicycle
   parking is available in a bike rack under video surveillance located
   behind the building on Webb Place.

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Gilbert E. Detillieux		E-mail: <gedetil at muug.mb.ca>
Manitoba UNIX User Group	Web:	http://www.muug.mb.ca/
PO Box 130 St-Boniface		Phone:  (204)474-8161
Winnipeg MB CANADA  R2H 3B4	Fax:    (204)474-7609

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