XO Laptop: Hello Windows ~ Goodbye Linux :(

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The One Laptop Per Child Project and Microsoft plan to make both Windows and Linux available on a version of the project’s XO Laptop. It means the little green laptop would now run Windows XP as well as Linux. According to Nicholas Negroponte:


OLPC is not in the open-source advocacy business … we’re in the education business.

This will not just kill enthusiasm for the project but the project itself. Windows XP will not run smoothly on low end hardware. It will be now dual-boot system with Sugar and Microsoft’s Student Innovation Suite, a US$3 software (Windows XP, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007, Microsoft Math 3.0, Learning Essentials 2.0 for Microsoft Office and Windows Live Mail software).

More information available here.

OLPC did not specify the price of the dual-boot system.


Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

3 comment

  1. hmm…
    very sad to read that … it seems MS can do whatever they want with the bloody money… and rescently OLPC had problems with the funds (IIRC)…

  2. This seems little bad news. Suppose some student want to look into source code of programe then how he/she will proceed for same?
    Is there any way for it?
    Where is freedom for student who is learning computer from his childhood?
    Any program’s source code must be free, if you are wishing do to “EDUCATION BUSINESS” for student.


  3. Yes, this is quite sad. If anything, there should be no charge for XP if MS wants to put it on the laptop.

    I guess the choice is there with a dual-boot but the freedom to understand the computer and create while learning will be undermined.

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