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[2]: Why bother with dual boot?
by Duffman on Thu 10th Jan 2008 11:42 UTC in reply to "RE: Why bother with dual boot?"
Duffman
Member since:
2005-11-23

Because you want to run software that do not run on linux like office, watch DRM wmv files (despite you like them or not), etc ...

Be totaly compatible with 95% of the computer on earth ...

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Because you want to run software that do not run on linux like office, watch DRM wmv files (despite you like them or not), etc ...

Be totaly compatible with 95% of the computer on earth ...


You aren't going to be able to run MS Office on an XO.

It has only 1GB of storage. Microsoft are talking about adding an extra 1GB just to fit their bare Windows OS on it.

No application programs for YOU!

If you are actually interested, here are the applications of the XO that come pre-packaged with the Linux default install:

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

... and this is the word processor:

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

You are simply not going to be able to fit this level of functionality, plus Windows OS, into 1 GB of storage, or even 2 GB.

Edited 2008-01-10 12:20 UTC

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Finalzone Member since:
2005-07-06


You aren't going to be able to run MS Office on an XO.

It has only 1GB of storage. Microsoft are talking about adding an extra 1GB just to fit their bare Windows OS on it.


That leads another question: will Microsoft provide a {2 or 4 GB} SD card that includes their operating system? Afterall, they are the one that request OLPC to include an extra SD slot.


You are simply not going to be able to fit this level of functionality, plus Windows OS, into 1 GB of storage, or even 2 GB.


Also why not taking a Pocket PC version Windows system (formely Windows CE) then use the available application?

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

XO needs Windows so kids can watch DRM'd media.. I have another aproach; open formats.

But then again, I've had no trouble playing any media on my Mandriva or Windows bootups so it seems one doesn't require Windows to play DRM'd formats. I guess all XO has to do is include one of the codec packs that can be legally obtained for Red Hat (what with that being under the hood of the XO and all).

I was going to point out the humour in copying the first comment and swapping the two words originaly but I figured I may as well answer your sarcasm.

Cheers Duffy

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