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, giving users the ability to run either on the XO laptop.
“Transforming education is a fundamental goal of Microsoft Unlimited Potential, our ambitious effort to bring sustained social and economic opportunity to people who currently don’t enjoy the benefits of technology,” said Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer at Microsoft. “By supporting a wide variety of affordable computing solutions for education that includes OLPC’s XO laptop, we aim to make technology more relevant, accessible and affordable for students everywhere.”
It's actually not so bad, it just offers more choice. Out of the $18 increase, $3 goes for Windows the rest for hardware to accomodate XP. It's probably for the better that they aren't forcing Vista onto it. Imagine the bloat. Still if I had to choose I would go for the one with SugarOS, people are hardly going to be gaming on it.
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