I saw an announcement the other day about a development OS release (os16) for the OLPC XO-1 laptop that basically brings it into parity with the release on the XO-1.5. I downloaded it, got a developer key, unlocked an OLPC, and figured out how to install it. Once you become familiar with the process, it is actually easy and straight forward. I even played with the FORTH-based firmware for the first time.
The main new features in the OS16 devel release are:
- Based on Fedora 11 (was 9)
- 2.6.31 Kernel (was 2.6.27)
- Includes "Switch to GNOME" option
- Additional productivity Apps
- Updated Sugar release
Of course the hardware in the XO-1 has not changed but the new software still runs quit well in 256MB of RAM with no SWAP.