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Re: Answers to OLPC/Windows Question:

__/ [ John Bailo ] on Monday 30 April 2007 17:53 \__

> Answers to my wiki question so far:
>      "The Microsoft announcement has resulted in some confusion in the
> press. It is being suggested that because of the Microsoft announcement,
> OLPC will be switching from Linux to Windows. On the contrary, OLPC
> remains steadfast in its dedication to FOSS and has no plans to
> distribute Windows. However, we have consistant and public with our
> position that the spirit of openness and freedom; everyone, including
> software engineers at Microsoft, are welcome to develop for the machine.
> The fact that Microsoft has been making efforts to bring the price of
> Windows within reach of children in the developing world gives those
> children more choices. --Walter 04:11, 28 April 2007 (EDT)
> http://www.mobilised.com.au/content/view/947/1/ --Steve (on second look
> that author may not be very knowledgeable. He understands the 3M minimum
> units as 3M minimum dollars) --Steve
>      I wish that we could build a $1 laptop, but that is out of reach
> for the time being. --Walter 16:42, 29 April 2007 (EDT)
> http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=379 --Steve
>      I am unaware of any government asking for Windows. There is more to
> the difference between Windows and Linux than just $3. --Walter 16:44,
> 29 April 2007 (EDT)
> But http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/2007/04/negroponte_olpc.html --Steve
> "

Governments have people to educate them.

Governments Must Reject Gates' $3 Bid to Addict Next Billion PC Users 

,----[ Quote ]
| "Microsoft's strategy of getting developing nations hooked on its
| software was clearly outlined by Bill Gates almost a decade ago," said
| Con Zymaris, CEO of long-standing open source firm Cybersource. 
| Specifically, Bill Gates, citing China as an example, said:
|   "Although about 3 million computers get sold every year in China, but
|   people don't pay for the software," he said. "Someday they will, though.
|   As long as they are going to steal it, we want them to steal ours.
|   They'll get sort of addicted, and then we'll somehow figure out how to
|   collect sometime in the next decade."[1]


The real cost of $3 Windows

,----[ Quote ]
| On that day, the Ubuntu home page was replaced with a bare page
| under a headline that read "Ubuntu 7.04 - Well Done."
| There were just two sentences under the headline: "Thank you to
| everyone who has helped make Ubuntu 7.04 a reality. Thousands of
| you have helped code, test, translate and promote Ubuntu and
| everyone can celebrate today's release."


Why Microsoft Code Shouldn't be on the OLPC XO

,----[ Quote ]
| With Microsoft on the other hand you have a single company working
| on adapting software that was never meant to run such a specialized
| device. By its very nature a solution aimed a traditional PC can
| never be as flexible as a custom piece of software. Even in terms
| of application software such as Office 200x I dare say that it's
| nearly impossible to make it work on a system such as the X0.


                ~~ Best regards

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