OLPC Releases OS With GTK3, Text-To-Speech, Sugar
Written by Michael Larabel in Fedora on 31 August 2012 at 02:02 PM EDT. 4 Comments
Developers behind the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project have announced a major new release of their Linux operating system that brings forward several new features in OLPC OS version 12.1.0.

OLPC OS continues to be based upon Fedora Linux and with the new 12.1.0 release it's based upon the Fedora 17 "Beefy Miracle" packages.

Key features for OLPC OS 12.1.0 include the Sugar 0.96 desktop, the GTK3+ tool-kit, support for writing to the journal at any time, text-to-speech support, activity changes, a new welcome screen, GNOME 3.4 support, disk space improvements, DisplayLink USB VGA support, and miscellaneous other improvements for these low-power low-cost laptops targeted towards students in developing countries.

OLPC OS 12.1.0 is available for the XO-1, XO-1.5, and XO-1.75 hardware. With having the ARM-based OLPC XO-1.75 laptop, benchmarks of this new release will likely come in the near future.

More details on OLPC OS 12.1.0 can be found from the Laptop.org Wiki.

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