Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Dec 2007 16:27 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Microsoft is serious about getting Windows XP to work on OLPC's low-cost laptop, but the company still isn't sure it will be able to make a go of it. In an interview, James Utzschneider, the general manager of Microsoft's emerging market unit, says Microsoft has devoted about 40 employees and contractors to work on its effort. However, there are plenty of technical hurdles, he said. One of the biggest is the fact that the XO has no hard drive and only 1GB of built-in memory. The company concluded it needed at least 2GB of memory just for Windows and Office, so it convinced the OLPC folks to include an SD slot on the laptop's motherboard.
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by philicorda on Thu 6th Dec 2007 19:56 UTC
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I noticed in the linked article that Microsoft are rewriting the bios so the machine can boot from an SD card.

Will this allow people to circumvent the Bitfrost security? At them moment, the laptop is initially disabled, and can only be activated by particular school's activation server. It then asks for a name, takes a photo, and the laptop user's identity is established. The machine then acquires a cryptographic lease to run for a certain amount of days before it has to contact the anti theft servers again.

It also gives other advantages, all programs are run in chrooted jails, all programs have to ask the user before opening one of their documents etc.

Will Microsoft implement Bitfrost into Windows and provide the same level of security? I don't think even they have the resources to rewrite Windows and Office enough to make this possible. Will the laptop be fast enough to run the anti-virus software?

The idea of a large mesh network of laptops running Windows makes me a little nervous.

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