The new OLPC XO 1.5 laptop might not look very different from the first generation XO laptop. But it has a faster VIA processor, and at least one neat software trick: Users can switch between the Sugar OS and a GNOME desktop environment in just about 15 seconds.
Here’s what that means. Sugar was a custom user interface designed to provide children who had little to no computer experience with an easy way to interact with the laptop and its educational software. Sugar doesn’t really look like any other mainstream operating system, even though it’s based on Linux. GNOME is a desktop environment used by a number of popular Linux distributions including Ubuntu and Fedora. And since the new version of Sugar can run on Fedora, users can switch back and forth between Sugar and GNOME.
You can check out a video of the XO 1.5 making the jump from GNOME to Sugar and back again after the break.
via OLPC News