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Gerzel writes "Looking over some recent reviews of the iPad and how it is a poor platform for experimentation as well as the growth of lock-out technology in most computer technology has me wondering what would be the ideal platform to inspire new hackers for the next generation?
Obviously price is one of the higher considerations as you have to get the item into the hands of young people for them to use it. Another highly important consideration would be durability as hacking involves making mistakes and it helps if mistakes don't destroy things. Then you have to make something that kids might WANT to use and they can work with.
Perhaps a sustained campaign to get Apple to change their ways would work best? Or an Open Source solution?
What can the hacker/computer activist community come up with the encourage the next generation?"
I am considering getting a second computer to use at school to take notes and compose reports and other articles. My primary computer is a desktop running Ubuntu Linux which I update often. I am looking to spend no more than $500 to $750 USD. I want something that is easy to carry, and reasonably rugged given school life is often less than optimal for keeping computer equipment in good shape. Besides typing I would also like the ability to handle pdfs, and internet wi-fi capability. Just because I run Linux on my home machine does not mean that I have to run Linux on this new machine. Any suggestions as to what I might get?
ps My handwriting is very poor and slow compared to my typing speed thus a pen and paper are not reasonable alternatives.