Ndiyo Thin Client Lab

The Ndiyo thin-client Linux solution appears a bit like the K12LTSP project but with hardware, too. I’m going to include it in my consideration of options for Maru a Pula School. The project is based in England. As an aside, they have managed to make their Plone web site look good — not an easy task!

The following quote makes something of the comparison to the $100 Laptop project, but the technology of Ndiyo seems more within reach and therefore likely to take off in the short term.

The other divide-busting hardware

While the $100 laptop certainly has captured my imagination, it isn’t intended for the entire world, just the children (that’s what the "C" in "OLPC" stands for). About a week before OLPC’s debut in Tunis, Nicholas Carr blogged about Ndiyo which innovates from an entirely different perspective:

"Instead of starting with a PC and seeing what we could take out, we began with a monitor and asked what was the minimum we had to add to give a workstation fully capable of typical ‘office’ use."

A visit to Ndiyo’s website makes it plain they are on to something and they recently posted how their approach is distinct from OLPC’s.

[School Technology Leadership Blog]

2 comments

  1. Dario Abramskiehn says:

    This project sounds really interesting. I heard of something similar a while back. I don’t recall exactly, but I think it was some project involving MIT students and was an endeavor to create a cheap, extremely durable laptop for children in 3rd world countries.

    Do you know if these things are related?

  2. rkassissieh says:

    Dario,

    You are thinking of the $100 laptop project. The two projects are mentioned in the same breath, but they take very different approaches. The Ndiyo lab shares some elements in common with the K12LTSP project.

    http://laptop.media.mit.edu/

    http://www.k12ltsp.org