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Old 9th July 2007, 06:46   #1
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Default A brief hands-on with the Intel Classmate PC (with Linux)

Ars Technica recently got its hands on the new Intel Classmate laptop computer, one of the new projects competing for a share of school-aged computer users in developing countries. I was able to survey this machine thanks to Helio Chissini de Castro of Mandriva.<br><br>

The unit I looked at was powered by a specialized version of Mandriva 2007, with customizations aimed at school-aged children. It was packed with several free, open-source productivity programs such as, and included a number of customizations to make the KDE-powered interface easier to use for those with limited computer experience. Support for open-source software for these systems will reduce the price, but there are other advantages as well. Schools and governments will be able to modify the Classmate PC software to meet their needs.
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