XO Axiom #1: The XO Laptop is a general-purpose Linux computer with builtin network access capabilities

[First published at GOTOXO as XO Axiom #1: The XO Laptop is a general-purpose Linux computer with builtin network access capabilities on January 1, 2008.]

I have only used my XO for a few hours, but I have already come to believe that a few basic ideas, or principles, are so important that they should be taken for granted in that no proof of their truth is required. Such ideas are called axioms in mathematics.

Most folks think of the XO as a little green box meant to deliver education to children in third-world counties.

Yes, it is that. But the XO is many other things. In particular, whenever you start to do something for the first time with the XO, including using it for the first time, the essential step is to say to yourself, especially if you are an open-source developer, the following words of XO Axiom 1:

XO Axiom #1:

The XO Laptop is a general-purpose Linux computer with builtin wireless network access capabilities.

This is important, so let’s say it again:

The XO Laptop is a general-purpose Linux computer with builtin network access capabilities.

Yes, it is tiny, the keyboard is meant for the fingers of children and not adults. It doesn’t have a hard-wired ethernet slot. It doesn’t have a large disk. It is not as fast as most desktops. And so on, and so on.

But, lest we forget:

The XO Laptop is a general-purpose Linux computer with builtin network access capabilities.

This means we just have to put on our Linux Thinking Caps and make use of Axiom 1 when we face a new challenge.

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