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Hello from Glasgow, KY!

Postby stjones » Sun Dec 30, 2007 3:21 am

I got my OLPC Xmas eve and have played with it a bit. LOTS of questions are already coming up. The two biggies so far are:

1) Where the heck is the email program?

2) How do you get other software loaded on to this thing (and what even is available out there for the Sugar (?) OS?

Steve
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Postby peter » Sun Dec 30, 2007 5:03 pm

Hello! Here is a [url="http://www.olpchelp.org/forums/showthread.php?p=634"]software installation link[/url] that could be helpful.

I don't know about a POP mail application. Most people seem to be using mobile versions of [url="http://m.gmail.com"]Gmail[/url] and [url="http://m.yahoo.com/mail"]Yahoo! mail[/url].
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g-mail program

Postby robby » Sun Dec 30, 2007 6:07 pm

Hi,

The browser works fine with Google's free GMail program, which you can sign up for at http://gmail.com

The same is probably true of other web-based e-mail. (Yahoo, etc.)

If the one you use has "rich text" entry -- with icons for bold, italic, etc. -- you may have to switch to "plain text" mode to see a vertical-line text cursor, which can be helpful if you back up and edit things you're writing the way I do.

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Software

Postby robby » Sun Dec 30, 2007 6:24 pm

Other programs -- called "activities" -- are downloadable here:

http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Activities

Background:
http://laptop.org/en/laptop/start/activities.shtml

From your earlier question: There's also a quick-start "activity" that launches the browser and goes right to gmail: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Gmail

It's main advantage is that the Journal and Taskbar show a distinctive icon for gmail -- a blocky looking envelope. (The wiki mentions a possible upgrade)
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Postby stjones » Mon Dec 31, 2007 1:01 am

Well, I'm really looking for a POP email client. I hate web based email as it is generally slow. Plus I have several emails at several domains and slogging thru assorted websites is a pain. I don't need anything fancy - just plain text email that I can check multiple POP accounts at once.
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Postby peter » Mon Dec 31, 2007 1:45 am

Looks like they are developing something.
  • [url="http://pvanhoof.be/blog/index.php/2007/12/08/jurg-billeters-vala-tinymail-demo-e-mail-client"]A beta client[/url] - I found this on http://planet.laptop.org/. The instructions don't look specific to the XO though.
  • The [url="http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Email"]Wiki's email page[/url] seems to be falling behind based on the time lines mentioned.
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