"From what I’ve seen, the UI bears all the hallmarks of a user
interface disaster, a case study in designer-driven design. I don’t
understand why the whole UX world isn’t awash in skepticism over an OS
that looks all the world like a Microsoft BOB for the Wallpaper* set."
"Despite its inclusion of some innovative and useful features, I find
the OLPC device’s Sugar operating system poorly integrated with
applications (here nicely dubbed “activities”), to the degree that it
may well be impossible to evaluate whether the underlying idea ever
had any merit. My first impression - and I reiterate, it’s only that -
is that many of the applications bundled with the device epitomize
everything that’s wrong with FLOSS user interfaces, even when the OS
itself has been created by professional information designers."
"Sugar is the operating system on the XO, and it, too, is very cool,
but it is slow, and not intuitive for the hardcore windows and mac
users. It is just not as advanced an operating system, and it is clear
that it was built by developers for developers."
I'd be curious to see how the UI (and the machine in general) are
working in the field. I know for fact that no generative user research
was done for these, but I wonder if any testing has been done since
And how about some heuristic evaluations from this community?