Last month at XDC2011 Chicago, I managed to get my hands on what should be the production hardware model of the XO-1.75 laptop that is expected to be released in the coming months by the OLPC project. The low-cost OLPC laptop targeted for students is now ARM-based and consumes very little power.
While the hardware for the OLPC XO-1.75 appears to be finalized and ready for mass production, the software stack is a work in progress. The software should be ready in the next month or two. In hopes of sparking interest by X.Org / Linux graphics developers at XDC2011 into working on its ARM graphics driver (or at least being in a better position to debug issues), OLPC sent out a few of these XO-1.75 units. I managed to get one of these early OLPC XO-1.75 laptops for benchmarking and to see what I can come up with to help them in monitoring the software performance and power consumption -- using the Phoronix Test Suite, OpenBenchmarking.org, etc. But due to Oktoberfest, I'm only now getting around to even opening the box and "un-bricking" the device so it can be loaded with one of their XO-1.75 development images of their Fedora-based Linux operating system.