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[News] OLPC Brings Software Innovation (Not Just Hardware)

  • Subject: [News] OLPC Brings Software Innovation (Not Just Hardware)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2007 18:42:17 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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The Little Laptop That Could…One Way or Another

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| There is also the issue of software. OLPC is developing and/or adapting a 
| collection of innovative open-source applications to run on its hardware...



Here comes the XO Laptop

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| This is a staggering figure. If the OLPC people can reach that goal, it will 
| have one colossal impact outside of the Third World: The future of Linux. 
| The XO Laptop runs a variant of Red Hat Linux. Put that in 10 million 
| machines, say, and Microsoft should start sweating. Redmond will, of course, 
| emphasize that it is not competing with the OLPC project, but when 10 million 
| kids grow up with Linux, their future purchases will certainly be coloured by 
| what they grew up with.    


Birmingham might buy thousands of XO Laptop computers for students in grades
one through eight

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| The machines don't run Microsoft Office, Photoshop or any other standard Mac 
| or Windows programs, instead using a free, open-source version of GNU/Linux, 
| with a simplified graphical interface designed for children called Sugar. The 
| laptop has a 500-megahertz processor and 256 megabytes of DRAM (dynamic 
| random access memory) with 1 gigabyte of flash memory. The laptops have Web 
| browsers and their own Wi-Fi system, the ability to connect to the Internet 
| wirelessly. Each is on a "mesh network," meaning all the laptops can see each 
| other, without any setup, even if there is no wireless connection nearby.       


Glimpsing Nigeria's digital lifeline

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| But in March this year, the scruffy primary became part of a remarkable 
| experiment. It was the first in Africa to get its hands on the so-called $100 
| laptop, a rugged device aimed at helping children in the developing world get 
| the most from their education.   


Nigerian students power up their laptops

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| Khaled Hassounah, director of Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per
| Child (OLPC) program in Africa and the Middle East, has spent the
| last year touring schools in Nigeria. He and his team chose a school
| 10 miles outside Nigeria's capital, Abuja, to deploy the company's
| first child-friendly laptops in the region.


Poor Kids' Laptop Cranks Up

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| Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates earlier this year told the Microsoft
| Government Leaders Forum, "Geez, get a decent computer where you can
| actually read the text and you?re not sitting there cranking the thing
| while you're trying to type" (see Bill Gates Mocks $100 Laptop).


One Laptop Per Child - Production Delays Caused By Microsoft, Intel?

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| I sincerely hope that no matter what the people who are running the
| OLPC project decide, that their project will continue and not get
| bogged down in a play of corporate greed and ambitions.


Negroponte says Intel should be "ashamed of itself" 

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| He is furious that Intel's CEO Craig Barrett called the One Laptop a
| gadget. The Negroponte initiative is caught in the middle of a vicious 
| fight between AMD and Intel, he said.


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| That software effort does not have the support of Mr. Otellini, who
| is concerned about incurring Microsoft's wrath, the executive said.
| The two companies have a long history of tension over who controls
| the hardware and software direction of the "Wintel standard." Intel
| has said it is supporting both operating systems.


Intel: doing the dirty on OLPC

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| Intel’s agreement with the OLPC Foundation included a ‘non disparagement’ 
| clause, under which Intel and One Laptop promised not to criticize each 
| other, according to Nicholas Negroponte in the latest article in the Wall 
| Street Journal.   
| Still Intel tactics have violated that repeatedly to kill OLPC efforts in 
| Nigeria, Libya, Pakistan, India, China and Intel is also still trying to pull 
| those tactics in Mexico, Brazil.  
| This is simply disgracefull of Intel, scandalous.
| But Negroponte has signed an agreement saying that he is not allowed to 
| criticize Intel, so he is not allowed to talk about these shameless tactics 
| even though Intel is the one violating the agreement.  
| So only independant voices on the Internet can get those messages of truth 
| out about Intels tactics. 
| In Nigeria, Intel came and donated 3000 laptops to counter OLPC efforts, then 
| sells 17 thousand Classmates to Nigeria at a loss. 
| Then Microsoft corrupted Nigerian officials with 400 thousand dollars to 
| install Windows XP on those instead of Mandriva Linux. 


Lessons from Africa: How to Kill Your Own FUD

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| So, even as Microsoft claims superior quality over Linux, they act as if they 
| don't even buy their own FUD. If they really believed that Windows was 
| superior to Linux, they wouldn't have to bribe people with “marketing help” 
| to get them to choose Windows.   


[Mandriva CEO:] An open letter to Steve Ballmer

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| Wow! I’m impressed, Steve! What have you done for these guys to change their
| mind like this? It’s pretty clear to me, and it will be clear to everyone.
| How do you call what you just did Steve, in the place where you live? In my
| place, they give it various names, I’m sure you know them.  
| Hey Steve, how do you feel looking at yourself in the mirror in the morning?
| Of course, I will keep fighting this one and the next one, and the next one.
| You have the money, the power, and maybe we have a different sense of ethics
| you and I, but I believe that hard work, good technology and ethics can win
| too.  


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