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One Laptop Per Child: Hackers Wanted

February 28, 2007

Taking a quick break from all things SeekSift, we’re glad we got the chance to see Chris Blizzard‘s presentation on the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project at last night’s New York Linux Users Group meeting.

Chris brought along a few machines for us to play with, and it’s amazing to see how much progress they’ve made already.

While the idea to let people to buy one for themselves while simultaneously donating another is off, unfortunately, there are laptops available to developers serious about contributing to the project.

For application developers (in OLPC terminology, applications are activities) who want to write activities for the laptop, there are resources for developing in Python, and there’s also a general development site about the code which drives the OLPC’s Sugar environment (less an “operating system” in the way we think of computers and more of a human interface that kids will find intuitive).

While we’re not sure how much time we’ll wind up contributing ourselves (even though this is exactly the kind of distraction we love to indulge in while procrastinating & avoiding our daily chores), we’d like to wish the OLPC project well, as well encourage everyone who can to contribute.