OLPC, MS Working on Dual-Boot Laptop

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 Negroponte, chairman of OLPC.

It's a brand-new development for the XO laptops, as the low-cost notebooks are known, and came about because of Microsoft's friendlier attitude toward open source software.

It's still hard to believe the OLPC XO-1 could run an OS as bloated as XP "very fast."  Still, Microsoft has been working very hard at reducing the size of the OS for the XO-1, so who knows?