is anyone actually doing Windows on XO work here?
ed at laptop.org
Tue Jul 21 07:21:59 EDT 2009
We've tried many times to make the very simple story about Windows
support on the XO clear. The conspiracy theorists don't really care.
If you don't live in a fact-based universe, facts are irrelevant.
Mitch is quite right, but we've said just about all of that before to
little effect. OLPCNews and Slashdot thrive on controversy, not
accurate reporting. I don't have much hope that we're going to say
something now that makes the "OLPC has switched to Windows" crowd
suddenly realize they're wrong.
Of course, Linux development is *far* more expensive for OLPC than
Windows development is (and always has been), so if there were a way
to convert all those Slashdot/OLPCNews typing fingers into volunteer
coders it would be a nice improvement!
When we're finished clearing up the confusion about what OLPC is
really doing (and has been doing for a long time), we can move on to
proving that Apollo 11 really did land on the Moon, Barack Obama was
indeed born in Hawaii, and Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.
On Jul 21, 2009, at 5:50 AM, Christoph Derndorfer wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 3:24 PM, Martin Langhoff <martin.langhoff at gmail.com
> > wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 9:00 PM, Christoph
> Derndorfer<christoph.derndorfer at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Maybe I missed it before but I'm really very surprised that this
> is the
> > first time I'm hearing this angle of the story in such detail.
> IMHO it would
> > have made a lot of sense for OLPC to say exactly what Mitch wrote
> here when
> > the Microsoft s*** first hit the fan in May 2008.
> Ummm. ISTR public statements saying _exactly this_, though perhaps
> with less technical detail. Everyone was blinded by the "OMG MS!"
> effect that nobody actually applied neurons to the situation.
> These statements might have been made but very obviously OLPC and
> the aligned community (incl. myself) didn't do all that great a job
> of explaining what was really going on to the general public
> otherwise we wouldn't be in a situation today were a lot of people
> including many FLOSS enthusiasts still look at OLPC as having sold
> out to Microsoft in May 2008.
> Around that time, I spoke in various public events and relayed exactly
> that message. Some people understood the intent.
> That you don't know doesn't mean it hasn't been discussed...
> Hence why I wrote "Maybe I missed it..." ;-)
> Anyway, crying over split milk doesn't really move us forward. Let's
> learn our lessons for the future and get back to work.
> Christoph Derndorfer
> co-editor, olpcnews
> url: www.olpcnews.com
> e-mail: christoph at olpcnews.com
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