jason at brucetek.net
Fri May 16 21:39:32 EDT 2008
info at olpc-peru.info wrote:
> Nick Negroponte has said :
> "Open Firmware V2, the free and open source BIOS, is now capable of
> running Linux, Microsoft Windows XP and other operating systems, and was
> developed by Firmworks with support from OLPC. This will enable dual
> boot of OLPC XO laptops with Microsoft Windows XP in addition to the
> existing Fedora-based system and will become the standard
> BIOS/bootloader for all XO systems when completed. With this "free
> BIOS," the XO-1 continues to be the most open laptop hardware currently
> This is totally different that we have been informed, the V2 version of the
> BIOS is able to run a double boot. Huge difference!!!
> Good or bad? Everyone has its own answer. Now the XOs are a more
> "general" tool, a broader range of happenings we will see.
> So... all the new 200,000 XOs that will come to Peru will come with this
> new V2 Bios. and the first 45,000 will be updated? Or we have to
> deal with a mixed enviroment? (no problem... just asking...)
> Best regards,
> Javier Rodriguez
> Lima, Peru
> Devel mailing list
> Devel at lists.laptop.org
Instead of saying what solution is good or bad, how about just asking
Does this vendor have a history of integrating with other platforms and
solutions or do they force vendor lock in like the mafia or a drug dealer?
Does this vendor end of life products that require upgrades to continue
to receive security and bug fixes? (please don't debate whether this is
reasonable, that is not the issue)
Does this vendor have a history of using open standards and ensuring
that their own protocols or extensions are open and well documented?
Does this vendor show through its action that it respects its user base
or abuses them?
So basically, can we expect Microsoft to open source their software
allowing for the community to continue to enhance and fix it after
Microsoft sunsets it? Can we expect Microsoft to force single Windows
only boots whether by outright elimination of other choices or providing
a hostile environment for those other choices? Will software run on
both or just Windows or require Windows? Will we require any outside
resources (like servers or other hosts) that are MS Software only? For
that matter, will we be restricted to x86 hardware only?
What does the history of Microsoft show?
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