Monday, November 10, 2008

Asus Eee PC and OLPC

I just finished a post comparing the OLPC laptop with the Asus Eee PC and how the two could be used in the classroom. I made lists of pros and cons, I collected important links, and I tried to push my opinion that for $299 the Eee is a pretty amazing deal. There was just one problem - The OLPC is still way better. I deleted that post in exchange for this one.

Incidentally, if you have no idea what I'm talking about, check out the One Laptop Per Child website.

The reality is while no one can dispute the incredible potential of the OLPC, few have been able to take advantage. Like bigfoot, many claim to have caught a glimpse, but few have actually laid hands on the thing. In fact, the official release of the laptop on Amazon isn't until November 17th of this year. And even then, the starting price of $199 doubles because of a required donation of a second laptop to an undeveloped country.What are the other options?

The Asus Eee PC has been around for a little over a year, but it has just now made its way to the shelves of Target and Best Buy stores. It's an incredible little laptop - despite a measly 4GB hard drive and a 7 inch screen. It runs on a version of Xandros Linux which means the overall cost is lower due to the absence of proprietary software licenses.

Think of the educational possibilities of a fully-functional laptop that carries no overhead software costs, and is small and portable enough to tuck into a book bag. Think of it this way - under $9000 for an entire class set of laptops. Now that's potential.

So much potential, in fact, that I've decided to conduct my own little experiment. I am now the proud owner of an Asus Eee PC 900 laptop. There is some apprehension as to just how productive a laptop of this size could actually be. So for the next 100 days, I intend to find out by only using my Eee. That means no other laptops, no desktops, and no Windows operating systems. I made another blog to document my Eee-xperiment. Come visit!
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cybormoron said...

hi john...i tried to make a comment on your eee pc blog but it won't work. i'm wondering if you blocked comments or if something is wrong on my end? thanks.

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