[sf-lug] olpc: green machine -aka XO

Sameer Verma sverma at sfsu.edu
Mon Apr 14 23:22:57 PDT 2008

Alex Kleider wrote:
> --- Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:
>>> By the way, absence of a /etc/network directory with its interfaces
>>> file still puzzles me. It has been my impression that this file was
>> a
>>> sine qua non of Linux networking but obviously not so. Perhaps this
>>> applies only to the Debian variants there of.
>> The latter is precisely correct.
> Very interesting. So  by implication, the interfaces are set up by
> completely different mechanisms in other distros?
> Another thing I found puzzling is that the XO machine has no /dev/hda.
> So I had a listen, and could hear no disk whirring!
> What's going on? Sameer, you surely know.
> cheers,
> alex
No whirring because there are no spinning disks or fans in the XO. The 
storage is solid state and the XO does not have any cooling fans. The 
thinking is that when parts don't spin, they don't break that easily. 
Overall, power consumption is lower as well.


Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Systems
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132 USA

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