Then I saw Tim Hawes' Asus Eee PC, running CLIPS, and Ustream.tv and generally handling everything, except perhaps fat fingers, thrown at it during Will Richardson's workshop in London.
Intel, on and now off the OLPC board, has its own offering, the Classmate PC.
Today, in Vicki Davis' del.icio.us RSS feed, I found Kathy Schrock's post about Mobile Internet Devices in which she mentions the Everex Cloudbook.
Look at the specs for this computer, soon to be sold at walmart.com (do I really need to add a link?). I wonder if walmart.ca will offer it too.
You get the feeling that Open Source is going mainstream and that small, connected devices might actually be closer to being commonplace among students. Now imagine if they were actually allowed to use them at school!
9 Inches, 2 pounds, 5 hours of battery life. Surf, email, blog, IM, Skype, compute. Cloud computing makes it simple and easy for everyone.
Based on the latest gOS Rocket operating system, the ultra-mobile Everex PC comes with popular applications from Google, Mozilla, Skype, OpenOffice.org and more.
Find your $399 CloudBook at Walmart.com beginning 1/25/08.
Additional Preinstalled and Linked Software
Mozilla Firefox, gMail, Meebo, Skype, Wikipedia, GIMP, Blogger, YouTube, Xing Movie Player, RythemBox, Faqly, Facebook and OpenOffice.org 2.3 (includes WRITER, IMPRESS, DRAW, CALC, BASE)
1.2GHz, VIA C7®-M Processor ULV, 512MB DDR2 533MHz, SDRAM, 30GB Hard Disk Drive, 7" WVGA TFT Display (800 x 480), VIA UniChrome Pro IGP Graphics, VIA High-Definition Audio, 802.11b/g, (1) 10/100 Ethernet Port, (1) DVI-I Port, (2) USB 2.0 Ports, (1) 4-in1 Media Card Reader, (1) 1.3MP Webcam, (1) Headphone/Line-Out Port, (1) Microphone/Line-In Port, (1) Set of Stereo Speaker, (1) Touchpad, (1) 4-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
Get involved with the Open Source community! Join Everex and FOSS partners gOS, Koolu, OpenMoko, OpenOffice, ZaReason, Zonbu and more.. Email customerservice [at] everex [dot] com for more info.