Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 16th May 2008 09:29 UTC
Windows Microsoft and the One Laptop Per Child project have announced an agreement to work together on getting Windows XP available on the XO laptop, with trials starting in June 2008, and the RTM date set for August or September. Microsoft also demonstrated Windows XP Professional and Office 2003 running on the XO laptop - fully featured.
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RE[2]: Hm..
by codehead78 on Fri 16th May 2008 17:46 UTC in reply to "RE: Hm.."
codehead78
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2006-08-04

It's the usual ivory tower folks not owning up for their mistakes. MS didn't take anything. These guys were so full of themselves that they didn't think what they had put out was any good. Just because it's Free and Open does not mean it is the best by default.

But whatever. What really bugs me is that this whole thing was not about helping kids but getting more people to use Free Software.

And this could have worked! Right idea, wrong people.

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RE[3]: Hm..
by sbergman27 on Fri 16th May 2008 17:56 in reply to "RE[2]: Hm.."
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2005-07-24

What really bugs me is that this whole thing was not about helping kids but getting more people to use Free Software.

It was, apparently, all about making money. It is simply more obvious now. The ivory tower folks unwittingly helped Nicholas to get to the point where he can profit from their work and are now forced, by conscience, to move on to other positions.

Edited 2008-05-16 18:01 UTC

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RE[3]: Hm..
by tomcat on Sat 17th May 2008 03:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Hm.."
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2006-01-06

It's the usual ivory tower folks not owning up for their mistakes. MS didn't take anything. These guys were so full of themselves that they didn't think what they had put out was any good. Just because it's Free and Open does not mean it is the best by default.


The problem here is that the academics focused solely on technology but not the means to deploy it; in other words, they wanted to create a program for getting laptops into the hands of Third World kids -- but they didn't anticipate the need for the kind of global operation that would be required to deploy all that technology. That isn't cheap; in fact, maintaining a support organization a is very hefty cost, even for a non-profit. So, gasp, they were *shocked* to realize that they needed commercial partners to pull it off.

Hint to future FOSS hardware projects: Don't let academics drive your deployment strategy; otherwise, you're going down in flames.

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RE[4]: Hm..
by Moulinneuf on Sat 17th May 2008 20:27 in reply to "RE[3]: Hm.."
Moulinneuf Member since:
2005-07-06

No the problem was that the Academic have let Microsoft and other "special" interest in on the project and let them drive the decision making.

a 60$ computer device that turn into a 200$ one to accomodate Microsoft Windows XP and that the project management choose to accept it is rather more telling about the level of corruption that Microsoft is capable of doing then anything else.

The 100$ laptop is now 200$ to accomodate running Windows XP ...

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