[amsat-bb] Re: FYI -- One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Opportunity

Tom Clark, K3IO K3IO at verizon.net
Mon Nov 12 18:34:29 PST 2007

(I posted this a couple of days ago, but it was never released from
amsat.org limbo. So I resend. My order for OLPC went in today -- they
accept either PayPal or plastic -- Tom)

Another thing I gleaned from the OLPC wiki is that it supports FORTH
(start at http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Forth_Lesson_0).

Karl (DJ4ZC) designed Phase-3A back in the late 1970's and the onboard
computer (IHU) used the computer language that Karl wrote called IPS
(Interpreter for Process Structures) based on FORTH, but with German
syntax and multi-tasking real-time support. Several of us (W0PN, W1HDX,
ZL1WN, DB2OS & I) ported the German "dialect" of IPS into English and
the "Gerglish" IPS has served as the basis for running all the Phase-3
IHUs up thru AO-40 (thanks to the efforts of W4SM and G3RUH). IPS is
also planned for P3-E (N4HY already has it running on the new IHU) and
probably P5.

As another possible AMSAT/OLPC synergy, I can easily envision the OLPC
Forth kernel being adapted to real-time control tasks with the addition
of Karl's "chain".

Although it is really modest compared to the normal laptop, Nick
Negroponte and his team has really come up with a platform that has
amazing possibilities!

Meanwhile, ASUS has introduced their commercial Linux-based "Eee"
miniature notebook that is already available ($399 from Amazon
-- Just Google ASUS Eee
or see the Eee wiki entry
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASUS_Eee_PC#Storage> for details.

73, Tom

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