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Fred Muller - Building Amips Netbook
Fred Muller - Building Amips Netbook
Fred Muller - Building Amips Netbook
Fred Muller - Building Amips Netbook
Fred Muller - Building Amips Netbook
Fred Muller - Building Amips Netbook
Fred Muller - Building Amips Netbook
Fred Muller - Building Amips Netbook
Fred Muller - Building Amips Netbook
Fred Muller - Building Amips Netbook
Fred Muller - Building Amips Netbook
Fred Muller - Building Amips Netbook
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Fred Muller - Building Amips Netbook

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  • 1. Building a MIPS netbook with educational content
  • 2. Agenda <ul><li>MIPS
  • 3. Loongson
  • 4. Why MIPS & Loongson
  • 5. R&D
  • 6. Principles
  • 7. Software
  • 8. Chinese school solution
  • 9. Business benefits
  • 10. Wrap up </li></ul>
  • 11. MIPS <ul><li>M icroprocessor without I nterlocked P ipeline S tages
  • 12. Design started in 1981
  • 13. R educed I nstruction S et C omputing pioneer
  • 14. Basic concept: increase performance through the use of deep instruction pipelines (successive instructions can overlap in execution)
  • 15. Early '90s MIPS started to license their design
  • 16. First 2 releases of Windows NT available for MIPS
  • 17. Through the '90s embedded market adoption and supercomputing
  • 18. Loongson marks the return to the desktop </li></ul>
  • 19. Loongson <ul><li>First Chinese general purpose CPU developed since 2002
  • 20. Developed at the Institute of Computing Technology (ICT), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
  • 21. Chief architect is Professor Weiwu Hu
  • 22. Produced by ST Microelectronics
  • 23. Current version is revision 2 </li><ul><li>64-bit capability
  • 24. Up to 1 GHz
  • 25. Little-endian MIPS III-compatible ISA
  • 26. Max power 4 W at 1 GHz </li></ul><li>Rev. 3 available this month (4 core, server oriented)
  • 27. Rev. 2G bring 30% speed increment and x86 hardware emulation </li></ul>
  • 28. Why MIPS & Loongson? <ul><li>Non x86 compatible = doesn't support Windows
  • 29. Low power consumption
  • 30. Bring competition to 2 monopolistic companies
  • 31. Endorses Open Source
  • 32. In line with our principles </li></ul>
  • 33. Research and Development <ul><li>Started end of 2007, Gdium available early 2009
  • 34. Casing design by a Chinese company in Shanghai
  • 35. Board design by Lemote
  • 36. SMT, assembly, etc by a Taiwanese company
  • 37. Operating System by Mandriva
  • 38. UI design and machine specificities by Dexxon/Emtec
  • 39. Online platform specific to markets
  • 40. Content building by teachers and specialists
  • 41. No hard disk, only removable Solid State Drive (16 GB) </li><ul><li>Ease of maintenance
  • 42. Unit shareable by several users </li></ul><li>16 W total consumption </li></ul>
  • 43. Principles <ul><li>Provide access to knowledge to as many as possible </li><ul><li>Low cost machine
  • 44. Low consumption machine
  • 45. Internet helps to spread, share, enhance content </li></ul><li>Adapt to local culture </li><ul><li>Operating System
  • 46. Applications
  • 47. Content
  • 48. Training
  • 49. Manufacturing </li></ul></ul>
  • 50. Software <ul><li>Current solution </li><ul><li>Mandriva
  • 51. Idesk
  • 52. Metacity(GNOME)
  • 53. Lxpanel (LXDE)
  • 54. Metacity (GNOME)
  • 55. Nautilus (GNOME) </li></ul><li>Retail version </li><ul><li>55 educational applications
  • 56. Highly reliant on having an Internet
  • 57. Tabbed based UI with G-desklets (widgets...)
  • 58. Content available @ Gdium.com </li></ul></ul>
  • 59. Chinese School solution <ul><li>Still Mandriva based </li><ul><li>Highly customized
  • 60. Looking at local distributions </li><ul><li>Better local language support
  • 61. Support, pricing, etc better tailored to local market </li></ul></ul><li>Limited set of applications </li><ul><li>Easier for teachers
  • 62. Focused on what works well in Chinese </li></ul><li>Classroom server </li><ul><li>Replicated online content
  • 63. Classroom management
  • 64. Simple admin tasks
  • 65. Intranet services (email, blog, wiki, CMS, etc) </li></ul><li>20 units Suitcase for mobile classroom (with wifi router) </li></ul>
  • 66. Business benefits <ul><li>Low cost and shareable hardware
  • 67. Self-service kiosks
  • 68. Provide books and content on the removable USB disk
  • 69. Software is free and shareable
  • 70. Content is free and shareable
  • 71. Any project all the money goes to the hardware
  • 72. Donated machines don't get reinstalled
  • 73. Free software is good for the local economy </li><ul><li>Locally owned company make software
  • 74. Licensing biz is dying, focus on (customer) service
  • 75. Develop local competence (vs outsourcing) </li></ul><li>Content usable at school or/and at home (for everyone) </li></ul>
  • 76. What's next / wrap up <ul><li>The project is more than just a netbook
  • 77. Good example of usage of FOSS in business
  • 78. I have questions! </li><ul><li>ICT Status in Vietnamese school curriculum
  • 79. Status of Open Source in Education in Vietnam
  • 80. Any specific Vietnamese Educational application?
  • 81. NGO work on IT in Education </li></ul><li>Attend the next talk about FOSS deployment in Schools </li></ul>
  • 82. Thank you

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