Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Jan 2008 22:21 UTC, submitted by WillM
Hardware, Embedded Systems The One Laptop Per Child Project and Microsoft are working together to develop a dual-boot system to put both Linux and Windows on laptops aimed at kids in developing countries, the head of OLPC said in an interview Tuesday. "We are working with them very closely to make a dual-boot system so that, like on an Apple, you can boot either one up. The version that's up and running of Windows on the XO is very fast, it's very, very successful. We're working very hard to do both," said Nicholas Negroponte, chairman of OLPC.
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RE: Disappointing
by dimitar on Thu 10th Jan 2008 09:13 UTC in reply to "Disappointing"
dimitar
Member since:
2007-10-19

I agree completely - children from 3rd world countries will never afford the expensive licences that they are offered - so.. they will pirate, as people do everywhere except the US, Western Europe (not the EU - the western part of the EU, and piracy is still there, just not on the same scale as in Eastern Europe) and maybe Japan and Korea. In every other country piracy is rampant - in fact if you are a home user or you work in small to medium bussiness its 99% certain that you use pirated software, and in some countries the government uses also. Guess what happens if Microsoft succeeds in enforsing its patents and licences - it will lose its market dominance - because what is really important is mind-share, and that is the reason linux isn't catching on where its expected - it competes with the non-open-source but still free windows, not the expensive windows you get in the developed countries.

So the goal of the XO laptop is to teach computers - about their possibilities, their charm, their basic concepts, not how to get warez, operate a firewall, or use an office suite. The latter skills are aging very quickly actually - in my I've seen high school textbooks that teach WindowsME and 2000 and whatever office suite and photoshop that was available on that time, despite our government having bought newer XP licenses - those particular textbooks were worthless because they taught things like which menu->submenu->option to click or right click.

I think the XO encourages intelligence and creativity and teaches you not how to cram specific windows concepts, but to enjoy and discover, and to expect a better interface and understand that being computer literate doesn't mean how to pirate an antivirus.

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RE[2]: Disappointing
by lemur2 on Thu 10th Jan 2008 12:36 in reply to "RE: Disappointing"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

So the goal of the XO laptop is to teach computers - about their possibilities, their charm, their basic concepts, not how to get warez, operate a firewall, or use an office suite.


Not only "teach computers", but rather "teach a lot of things".

http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Activities

Look, an oscilloscope:
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Measure

a studio:
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Record

a surveyors tool:
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Acoustic_Tape_Measure

programming:
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Pippy

democracy:
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Poll_Builder

music:
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/TamTam

art:
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Drawing_Activity

journalism/documentary:
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Our_Stories

... and so on.

It is a project, after all, about education and young children.

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RE[2]: Disappointing
by wirespot on Thu 10th Jan 2008 16:08 in reply to "RE: Disappointing"
wirespot Member since:
2006-06-21

in fact if you are a home user or you work in small to medium bussiness its 99% certain that you use pirated software, and in some countries the government uses also.


Hell, if 99% of people do something, perhaps that thing shouldn't be illegal anymore, it should be the state of fact, no?

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RE[3]: Disappointing
by dimitar on Thu 10th Jan 2008 17:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Disappointing"
dimitar Member since:
2007-10-19

Yeah, sure, thats why pirate parties like that in Sweden are appearing, and when the police shut down the Arena torrent tracker in Bulgaria they were met with street protests, so we can expect changes in the legal status quo, although countries face the preasure from foreign IP producers.

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RE[2]: Disappointing
by h3rman on Thu 10th Jan 2008 21:43 in reply to "RE: Disappointing"
h3rman Member since:
2006-08-09

they will pirate, as people do everywhere except the US, Western Europe (....) and maybe Japan and Korea.


Haha, (South) Korea and no piracy?
You buy a pc, you'll easily get a cracked Office for free just about anywhere. Even in supermarkets like E-mart.

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