Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Dec 2006 17:35 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Microsoft wants to make its Windows operating system available on the One Laptop per Child notebook computers, OLPC chairman Nicholas Negroponte said at the NetEvents conference in Hong Kong on Saturday. "I have known Bill Gates his entire adult life. We talk, we meet one-on-one, we discuss this project," said Negroponte, vnunet.com can reveal. "We put in an SD slot in the machine just for Bill. We didn't need it but the OLPC machines are at Microsoft right now, getting Windows put on them."
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An OLPC component "just for Bill"?!
by usr0 on Tue 5th Dec 2006 23:13 UTC
usr0
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2006-10-27

And I have thought the OLPC project have been founded to develop a notebook for third world countries that were already enough exploited by U.S. imperialism? And these guys "put in an SD slot in the machine just for Bill" that makes it more expensive just to be possibly able to run a lean&mean Windows edition on it? So MS can explore new markets for their OS to establish it as new pseudo-"standard" and enslave the people in third world countries by the obligatory MS tax? Or will Microsoft ship their lean&mean goodwill Windows edition with source code; so the third world kids can explore the functionality of a PC respectively the OS?

Only questions an no answers...?

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Bit_Rapist Member since:
2005-11-13

And I have thought the OLPC project have been founded to develop a notebook for third world countries that were already enough exploited by U.S. imperialism?

Yes the notebook has been designed to exploit these people. No more help from the US or anyone else, all humanitarian efforts will cease and we fully expect these 'hut dwellers' to start writing software for dirt cheap. ;)

And these guys "put in an SD slot in the machine just for Bill" that makes it more expensive just to be possibly able to run a lean&mean Windows edition on it?

If it were so expensive that it was going to break the bank I'm sure they would have left it out. If the laptop is still coming in at cost then I don't see the big deal.

So MS can explore new markets for their OS to establish it as new pseudo-"standard" and enslave the people in third world countries by the obligatory MS tax?

I'm sure famine, disease and a general lack of education are a far bigger concern to these people then what operating system a computer runs.

Or will Microsoft ship their lean&mean goodwill Windows edition with source code; so the third world kids can explore the functionality of a PC respectively the OS?

Probably not and while it would be nice I would not hold my breath.

I'm sure the ones interested learning about operating systems will find linux or some other OS to tinker with. The nice thing is that regardless of the OS, these people will actually have the hardware to learn about computing.

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