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OLPC Dual Boot Windows and Linux PC Coming Soon

This is not good news as it may increase the project cost. The One Laptop Per Child Project (OLPC) 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. The OLPC laptop currently runs a Fedora-based Linux OS, and Microsoft has offered a version of Windows XP for the laptop project. There had been speculation that OLPC would simply offer two separate laptop PCs, but a dual-boot system could remove the need to offer two separate laptops.

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  • Justin January 10, 2008, 1:25 am

    Microsoft will probably sell an oem windows liscense to olpc for almost nothing or just give it too them for free to just get windows on to the thing. So the software shouldn’t change the price to much, but the hardware may need changing which could increase the price. Of course, even using a free copy of windows will may cost money in the future if users become dependent of Windows.

  • George Dorner January 12, 2008, 11:59 pm

    See http://radian.org/notebook/paradox-of-choice, where it is denied that the Microsoft effort will be dual-boot.

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