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