[OLPC-SF] Microsoft Is Joining Low-Cost Laptop Project - New York Times

Edward Cherlin echerlin at gmail.com
Fri May 16 03:28:05 EDT 2008

On Thu, May 15, 2008 at 10:15 PM, jim <jim at well.com> wrote:
>   what ideas do you have about the future of
> the little green machine?


>   will there be a fork of some kind: the linux
> and also the windows paths?


>   will the machine be developed to accommodate
> vista as well as linux?

It requires an extra 2G of flash to run a cut-down XP. So no.

>   will there be rebellion in the various developers
> ranks, and if so with what results?


>   other?

Microsoft has reversed itself on support for dual-boot XOs. OLPC will
not ship a Windows-only XO, but Nicholas Negroponte thinks this
dual-boot option will get Sugar to children whose governments don't
get it. Could be.

If you want to see OLPC succeed, please join the effort. There are a
lot of things that need to be done, and aren't.

* Electricity for village schools
* Internet for village schools
* Jobs for graduates and for older students
* Lots of translation work
* Lots of testing and bug reporting
* Management issues such as communicating with volunteers
* Figuring out what a real education might look like when there is no
shortage of educational content or software

> On Thu, 2008-05-15 at 21:39 -0700, Sameer Verma wrote:
>> FYI
>> http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/16/technology/16laptop.html?_r=2&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&adxnnlx=1210912505-3K2ljDo5B7YKP5pTZQcshw
>> Sameer
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