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Education GNOME Portables Upgrades Hardware

OLPC 1.5 Hardware Upgrades Include Java, Full-Screen Video 67

Posted by timothy
from the wish-I-could-upgrade-an-old-one dept.
griffjon writes "OLPCNews covers the sneak-preview of the updated One Laptop Per Child 1.5 hardware version. The good news is: full-screen YouTube videos, Java, and access to the gnome desktop. Read more about the updated hardware and chipsets in the fine article."
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OLPC 1.5 Hardware Upgrades Include Java, Full-Screen Video

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  • Full screen youtube? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by sakdoctor (1087155) on Wednesday September 09, 2009 @05:22PM (#29371927) Homepage

    Must not be using adobe's linux flash player then. Not even my 2ghz machine can do full screen without the jitters.

  • by noundi (1044080) on Wednesday September 09, 2009 @05:36PM (#29372081)

    Must not be using adobe's linux flash player then. Not even my 2ghz machine can do full screen without the jitters.

    Adobe clearly has no interest in the Linux community. Hopefully YouTube will start using the HTML5 tags.

  • by Trepidity (597) <delirium-slashdot&hackish,org> on Wednesday September 09, 2009 @05:42PM (#29372151)

    Oops, I guess I did the reverse of normal Slashdot custom and read the linked article, but not the Slashdot summary. The linked article has a bullet point (#1) that says "Full screen video playback", but doesn't mention YouTube anywhere. I'm guessing the Slashdot summary is wrong, unless the submitter got information on YouTube playback from somewhere other than the linked article?

  • by sznupi (719324) on Wednesday September 09, 2009 @05:47PM (#29372253) Homepage

    It's a bit of a shame there will be two vastly different performance levels now, with large number of 1st gen machines excluded from running some of the stuff...especially since they could conceivably do it, given different, leaner software choices at the beginning (say, basing UI on Gnustep/Etoile libraries, Webkit instead of Gecko, packing XFCE in dualboot fashion like Gnome currently is only for 1.5-gen machines)

  • by SanityInAnarchy (655584) <> on Wednesday September 09, 2009 @07:05PM (#29373093) Journal

    Well, it's not on all pages, nor is it fully featured, but they do have a tech demo [].

    Main missing features are fullscreen video and Theora.

    I'm not sure there's currently any sort of spec for making an HTML5 video go fullscreen. I can see it being restricted somehow -- to a native control, or maybe in the same way pop-ups are, because otherwise, any script could throw up a fullscreen porn ad -- but it seems like a kind of glaring omission to have no support for it other than calling "save as" on the video (which isn't always easy).

    Chances are, they'll never add Theora, which means if they switch over, Firefox may never support it -- or at least, I get the impression that there are a few idealistically blinded people who want to remove all hint of a possibility of a way to play HTML5 h.264 in Firefox, not even as a third-party plugin.

    Interesting little fact, though: The video tag does support data urls. That means a clip can be embedded into the HTML page itself, base64-encoded. I have absolutely no idea why this is useful, but I thought it was cool.

To err is human -- to blame it on a computer is even more so.