Dan Bricklin has ported the SocialCalc spreadsheet to the OLPC XO as an Open Source project. The One Laptop Per Child XO currently doesn't have a spreadsheet, but the simplicity and small footprint on client or server of SocialCalc may give it one. As Dan blogs, Socialtext is supportive of this very good project:
One Laptop Per Child News writes about the need for a spreadheet solution:
Currently, the XO laptop from OLPC does not have spreadsheet software. The One Laptop Per Child developers did not think there was a need for it when they designed the initial Sugar activities, and to an extent, they are right.
Children do not need the ability to run macros on numeric data - that's an adult request. But it is an opportunity for children and adults to bond over basic math, as the Thailand pilot showed:
One of the most engaging project that has involved both students and parents is the family accounting initiative. For six years, many families have recorded their income and expenses in order to better manage their spendings. It was originally done using a simple balance card written on paper.
Later, many had switched to Excel (via desktop PCs at the school's computer lab and the help of their children). It was a case where the benefits of technology was clear and well appreciated. Thus, having a spreadsheet on the XO has been one of the most widely requested features from the parents. Being able to do their accounting at home through the help of their children is extremely attractive.
Dan is looking for feedback and volunteers to help advance the project.