is anyone actually doing Windows on XO work here?

Carlos Nazareno object404 at
Mon Jul 20 20:13:32 EDT 2009

Hey all.

Check out the latest piece:
Negroponte Sees Sugar As OLPC's Biggest Mistake

(The title is bad FUD from OLPC News -- it's actually Negroponte
saying that Sugar should have been run as an application instead of
the main OS layer/frontend and not Sugar itself as the mistake.)

Now everytime there's a piece on OLPC at, it seems 30% of
the comment traffic is composed of bashing OLPC for caving in to
Microsoft and Windows.

Now AFAIK, there's little to no Windows work being done in-house by
the OLPC team, and it's all or mostly at Microsoft's side that the
work's being done.

And AFAIK, the deal is that "you buy the machine, you're free to run
any software you want on it. We're not stopping you from running
Windows even though we're pushing Sugar."

In this case, OLPC is not really in bed with MS but is more of
allowing MS to run Windows on the OLPC the same way users can install
any software they want on their PCs.

Am I correct in this assumption?

I'm sick and tired of the this OLPC-MS FUD (Fear-Uncertainty-Doubt) on
Slashdot (one of the highest-traffic websites, so high that getting
linked on the frontpage is like being DDOSed) and it would be great if
the record on this could be set straight so that the MS FUD inanity on
Slashdot can be ended as it's destroying the image of OLPC.

All the best,


carlos nazareno
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