Interesting that Negroponte doesn't like the netbook name applied to the xo (at 7:55)
The word Netbook is a portmanteu of the words internet and notebook. But the xo is intended to also be a machine containing a wide variety of educational software which can also be used in situations where children don't have internet access.
Negroponte: "Kids in Ethiopia don't have the internet in a nearby cloud ..."
I think the way we name things is important so I checked some of the names that have been used for these machines:
- low cost small notebook PC
- low cost ultra-portable notebook computers (Microsoft mouthful)
- mini notebooks
update (5th July): Here is a an attempt to classify the suggested names of these computers by their functionality and purpose or their failure to do that
low cost small notebook PC
low cost ultra-portable notebook computers (Microsoft mouthful)