As you'd expect at that cost, the laptops run open source software (including Red Hat Linux), and the front end has been tailored to make them more accessible to children. They have USB inputs, web cameras and wi-fi antennae. I know there are all sorts of arguments that we should first focus on the people that need basic food and sanitation, and there are plenty who don't have electricity. Obviously that deserves effort and attention. But I think using technology to help people to educate themselves is a worthy, parallel long term solution to the same problem.
I'm pretty sure TiddlyWiki will run just fine on the XO-1 browser (based on the Gecko engine used by Mozilla Firefox), although we had some issues with USB stick detection. This would definitely complement the educational aspects of the project.
It looks pretty funky too. Ironically it got more attention here than the brand new chunky iPod nano that Jeremy bought, which is about 1/50th the size and probably more powerful. Perhaps Nicholas Negroponte has his own reality distortion field? Anyway, click through to see the photos:
|One Laptop Per Child|