Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Apr 2008 07:50 UTC, submitted by happykid
Hardware, Embedded Systems The road to the One Laptop Per Child has been riddled with humps and bumps, such as hardware issues, the failure of the 'G1G1' scheme, and the inability to reach the USD 100 price mark, culminating in the resignation of the project's president yesterday. Now, Negroponte, the project's founder and chairman, has stated something that might alienate the project's strongest supporters even further: the OLPC might evolve into using Windows XP only.
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RE[4]: Making it expensive!
by Pro-Competition on Thu 24th Apr 2008 18:16 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Making it expensive!"
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I kinda agree that just shipping some lower-spec PCs might be more useful in the end.

I don't think there's a conflict between the two. They serve entirely different groups of people.

Of course, it's of no use in areas where there isn't electricity, and a laptop is in so many ways more useful in those areas anyway,


To me, the most interesting features of the OLPC were/are the hand-crank and the ad-hoc mesh networking. These allow people without access to electrical and telecom infrastructure to gain the biggest (IMHO) benefits of computers (i.e. document creation/storage and communication) without reliance on government and/or corporate support. I consider this to be very important.

but still, shipping a few million PCs to the poorer countries for free would still help. In those areas where there is electricity kids would likely start studying those machines, tear them apart and put back together and all that, all those things we do here too. If I just knew where to call and it was guaranteed that the computers did reach poor kids/families I would instantly donate one of my PCs.

I agree.

Edited 2008-04-24 18:17 UTC

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