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[News] The Reason Microsoft is So Scared of the Linux-powered OLPC

  • Subject: [News] The Reason Microsoft is So Scared of the Linux-powered OLPC
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2007 03:46:13 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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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.       



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.


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