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We've known for some time that Microsoft was working hard at getting Windows XP slimmed down and running on the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO-1.  They've apparently succeeded as on Thursday Microsoft and the OLPC Foundation announced an agreement that will make Windows XP available on XO laptops.The availability of Windows, in addition to Linux, on the XO laptop will allow customers to have an expanded choice of operating environments that best fit their requirements. The intention is to create a version of the XO laptop that provides the ability to host both Windows and Linux operating systems,... Read more...
The One Laptop Per Child project is in kind of a muddle. Their "$100" laptop costs $188; not many ended up in the hands of children around the world they were supposed to help; and now the number two man, Walter Bender, who oversaw content and software for the OLPC has resigned. It's  not clear if it's the factor that drove the decision, but the true believers at OLPC are hardcore open-source software enthusiasts, and don't like the decision to run some form of Windows on the laptops instead of continuing to develop OLPC's  own software, called "Sugar." Officially, OLPC said it was streamlining... Read more...
The One Laptop Per Child charitable organization hoped to develop a durable and useful laptop for under $100 and distribute them to children in poor nations. Their $100 laptop turned into a $200 laptop pretty quick, and for many people who participated in their "Give One, Get One" program, they've turned into $200 vaporware.The Give One, Get One program, launched last November, allowed let U.S. and Canadian residents to donate $400 to pay for two XO laptops. One laptop would go to a deserving child in a developing nation, and the other would go to the donor. The program was originally intended... Read more...
There are those who still love the Amiga and the AmigaOS, and they've gone and hacked an OLPC to run it!Cloanto Italia srl, Amiga software developers since 1986, were excited to preview details of Amiga Forever 2008 running without modifications on a One Laptop per Child XO laptop.Ironic: the doomed yet still beloved AmigaOS and the not-doing-so-well but too-early-to-call-doomed OLPC.... Read more...
Initially Microsoft showed little interest in the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project until the orders started to pour in.  The thought of all those laptops going to developing countries (and even Alabama school districts) sans a Windows OS seems to have made an impact.As soon as MS saw how many sales they were passing up, they decided that they'd develop a variant of XP specifically for the OLPC and its limited storage capacity.  Then we heard that there might be a dual-boot setup in the works, and now this:“Microsoft is not developing dual-boot Windows XP support for One Laptop Per... Read more...
While it's no secret that Microsoft has been working on getting Windows XP to run on the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Foundation's XO-1, they also said in December that it wasn't exactly an easy process. Despite this, Wednesday, the chairman of the OLPC, Nicholas Negroponte, indicated they are working on a dual-boot version of the XO-1."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... Read more...
Nicholas Negroponte didn't want to share Intel with anyone else, so Intel left the OLPC program.The OLPC board "had asked Intel to end its support for non-OLPC platforms including the Classmate PC and other systems," Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy said. "They wanted us to focus our support exclusively on the OLPC system." A representative for the OLPC project was not immediately reachable.According to reports, Intel was asked not just to drop the Classbook PC, but the Asus Eee as well!  Now that's some exclusivity!... Read more...
Microsoft has decided that the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) deal is just too big to not develop a custom version of their Windows OS for.  Currently the OLPC laptops are Linux powered, and its a safe bet that Microsoft isn't exactly thrilled about that.  This move by the Redmond giant also fits in well with their effort to attract legal sales in developing and third world nations.“Microsoft's plans mark a step closer by the software company to a project initially billed as an alternative to computers based on Microsoft's technology. Mr. Negroponte had originally envisioned his One Laptop... Read more...
The OLPC and Asus Eee are garnering a lot of attention.  Might Intel's new Diamondville CPU be just the ticket for upcoming versions?The first detail that Intel's Anand Chandrasekher announced on Monday in an interview with IDG is that Diamondville is a Silverthorne derivative. This tidbit clarifies the confusion around Mooly Eden's comments back in October, when the vice president's comments about Diamondville and OLPC set off a round of press articles claiming that Diamondville would be a "new architecture from the ground up" designed for OLPC. I talked to Intel the day after those articles... Read more...
The OLPC Foundation's XO-1 laptop is for disadvantaged and needy children in developing nations.  Normal users couldn't buy one, until the "Give One, Get One" program.The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Foundation's "Give One, Get One" Program (G1G1), which enabled end users to get an XO-1 for themselves, while at the same time donating an XO-1, was originally scheduled to run from Nov. 12 - Nov. 26. The program has proven so popular, and the public has been asking for more time to participate, so it was been extended until the end of the year.Remember, a G1G1 purchase is $400, but $200 is fully... Read more...
The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Foundation has been getting a lot of newsprint lately. First, real orders came in; then mass production finally started. There's even been talk of Windows on the OLPC.  More good news: since this is really a laptop for kids, EA's getting "in the game."Today Electronic Arts Inc. announced the company will donate the original SimCity™ — the blockbuster 1989 game credited with giving rise to the city-building game genre—to each computer in the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative. OLPC is a not-for-profit humanitarian effort to design, manufacture and distribute... Read more...
Delays, delays and more delays have plagued the OLPC's XO-1 program, but finally --- mass production has begun.Early Tuesday (local time), Taiwan's Quanta Computer started producing the green-and-white computer in its new Changshu manufacturing center, two hours northwest of Shanghai.The commencement of mass production means children in developing nations could have the rugged, open-source laptops in hand starting this month. The OLPC has already announced orders for kids in Uruguay and Mongolia. (Residents of the U.S. and Canada participating in the Give 1 Get 1 program--which donates an XO to... Read more...
It's finally happened: the first official order for the OLPC has been placed.  The country which ordered them was Uruguay. The South American country has bought 100,000 of the machines for schoolchildren aged six to 12. A further 300,000 may be purchased to provide a machine for every child in the country by 2009. The order will be a boost for the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) organisation behind the project which has admitted difficulties getting concrete orders.An additional boost to the program may happen on November 12th, when the "Give 1, Get 1" program starts, allowing end users to buy... Read more...
This is interesting, especially since Bill Gates mocked the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Foundation's XO-1 when the idea was first presented.The world's largest software company is now working to adapt a basic version of Windows XP so it is compatible with the non-profit One Laptop per Child Foundation's small green- and-white XO laptop."We're spending a non-trivial amount of money on it," Microsoft Corporate Vice President Will Poole said in an interview on Thursday. "We're working hard. But we're still at least a few months away."If seems Microsoft has finally decided that there might be a threat... Read more...
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