Microsoft? (was Re: OLPC seeks a CEO -- who was your favorite CEO elsewhere?)
echerlin at gmail.com
Tue Mar 11 19:26:55 EDT 2008
On Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 3:05 PM, Jeffrey Kesselman <jeffpk at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 5:59 PM, Charles Merriam
> <charles.merriam at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Nothing mean, cruel, or chilling. Just OLPC does not help and support
> > this effort. MS is on their own.
Um, you guys do know how to use the search function on the Wiki, don't you?
The laptop will run a Microsoft Windows operating system
* True: Microsoft is working on a Windows based system that can be
executed on the XO laptop with substantial extra storage.
* False: There is no strategy change. The OLPC is continuing to
develop a Linux-based software set for the laptop in conjunction with
Red Hat. But since the OLPC project is open we cannot (and maybe even
don't want to) stop other people from developing and supplying
alternate software packages.
> Maybe a bit more? it might be good to acknwledge that it is an open
> platform and anyone cna write anything they want to it... and then give
> them a back handed slap. You know, something like...
> "We are gratified that Microsoft finds the OLPC an appealing platform.
> We would encourage them to get invovled with and support the open
> software community effort on it rather then spending all their energy
> in other proprietary directions."
Yeah, Nicholas said pretty much the first half of that months ago.
Anyway, Microsoft said that they have XP on an XO with 2 extra GB of
flash, but they didn't say anything about running any of Office on it
yet. No worries, mates.
Don't forget, Sugar will run on Windows. I hear that Wine 1.0 is due
out soon, and it will also run on the XO. (yum install wine), but that
doesn't mean that you will be able to stuff any particular piece of M$
bloatware in with it.
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