I got my Charrypal ‘Africa’ Linux on Thursday. I am happy to report that it works. Except for some pages that the broswer doesn’t like – it crashes consistently on slashdot.org.
Delivery? They promised 5 days, and delivered in 6 weeks + 6 days.
Browser? ‘Konqueror’ – no version info. Doesn’t have Flash. Doesn’t remember its new home page setting after computer turns off – reverts to http://www.google.fr. No bookmarks. No menu.
Linux? Apparently, but no command line, no way to open or see files outside the data area called “C:/”. The CPU is a jz4750, which Wikipedia thinks is compatible with the ‘MIPSII’. Maybe there’s a distro I can put on an SD card?
Networking – wired works, but yellow light on Belkin router – 10Mb? Wireless also works, but you must not hide your ESSID or it can’t connect – there is no way for you to enter the ESSID.
Text editing: I found a way to write text files – use AbiWord.
Spreadsheet: Gnumeric works OK, so I can share these files with the desktop.
Storage: USB works. It also reads SD cards OK.
I will keep it and probably have fun hacking it, but I would not recommend it for giving to your kids. :-)