[Oberon] The Oberon answer to Arduino
peasthope at shaw.ca
peasthope at shaw.ca
Wed Dec 26 20:43:43 CET 2012
I admire your enthusiasm and effort; so don't take
this as criticism.
A collaborative or community project needs much more
"argument" before participants are convinced of a course
of action. Inevitably some egos will be threatened
or offended; some participants you might hope for, will
take their toys and go home.
From: <Aubrey.McIntosh at Alumni.UTexas.Net>
Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2012 16:29:25 -0600
> ... the PIC folks are saying
> that the libraries are closed and have some critical design bugs and they
> want an architecture where you can control stuff down to the bits.
Such as the XO? It's a complete machine including advanced
Open Firmware to help with startup and debugging, good
wireless and a display which can be read in broad daylight as
well as in usual cave conditions.
> At one level, my project is about a teaching tool.
Precisely what OLPC is about! Of course that doesn't preclude
> So this brings to mind the question, should I go with a MIPS processor?
> They are available for about $5 each, ...
Whereas in G1G1 the XO is $400 and on eBay about $120.
Apparently the policy in Uruguay is for every primary school
child to have one. If Uruguayans can afford them, maybe
people in industrialized countries can too.
The difference between $5 and $400 or $120 is easily justified
when you allow for the XO being a well designed complete
machine with completely open specs; and allow that the cost
of software surpasses the cost of hardware by orders orders of
> I'd love to see a community project come together.
Many of us agree; but a big obstacle is that people are still pulling
in too many directions. To solve this we need to find a consensus
of focus. First make a list of candidate hardwares. Then evaluate
the pros and cons of each. Then decide an acceptable compromise.
Then try to move it forward.
Best Regards, ... Peter E.
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