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Re: Windows for the OLPC

  • Subject: Re: Windows for the OLPC
  • From: Mark Kent <mark.kent@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 9 Dec 2006 18:43:54 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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  • Xref: ellandroad.demon.co.uk comp.os.linux.advocacy:467041
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High Plains Thumper <hpt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> B Gruff wrote:
>> Well.... maybe....
>> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/12/08/olpc_and_microsoft/
> Okay, here is what it says:
>> Microsoft has challenged an altruistic scheme to get
>> pared-down computers into the laps of African school
>> children by preparing its own software for sale on the
>> machine. 
>> One Laptop Per Child, intended to help bridge the digital
>> divide between rich and poor parts of the world, is soon to
>> release a trial version of a computer developed in
>> collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of
>> Technology (MIT). It is expected to go into production in
>> the first quarter of the new year and sold for a little
>> over $100 a piece. It is to be shipped with a tailored
>> version of Red Hat Linux, a free open source system. 
>> "That's not what we're doing. What we are doing is a Linux
>> distribution - open source. What Microsoft are doing is a
>> port of Windows. We'll work with anyone who wants to port
>> their software to our machine," he added.
> Well it is competition.  Perhaps each will come with RedHat 
> installed and Windows CEx on a separate distro USB stick?  
> Then Linux will have market share, heh!
> Also, it is a way to keep the antivirus security companies 
> employed, once someone writes a virus for the poor things, no?
> As Hadron Quark says, "It boggles the mind".    :-)

The point is that Microsoft are wondering whether to give away Windows
with these machines in order to continue their prevention of anything
other than Windows as the pre-install.

Once OLPC goes out, assuming that it does so, it'll be the first truly
mass-market computer (not pda) which has been distributed with linux as
the standard pre-install.

These machines will make it back into the bigger economies, of course.
How many schoolchildren developing and industrialised countries would
benefit from such a machine?  A lot, I'll wager.

| Mark Kent   --   mark at ellandroad dot demon dot co dot uk  |
Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and think what nobody
else has thought.

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