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[News] Nicholas Negroponte Brings GNU/Linux PCs to Colombia

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TED follows Negroponte to Colombia to deliver GNU/Linux XO laptops

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| TED followed Nicholas Negroponte into Colombia to deliver 650 
| GNU/Linux-powered OLPC XO laptops to kids there. Interesting story with 
| deployment numbers scattered all over.The video also addresses other areas in 
| the world and ends with a Give 1 Get 1 plug.   



Sugar Labs gets sweet with the GNOME Foundation

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| The GNOME foundation announced today that Sugar Labs has become its latest
| member and that Bender will become an active participant in the GNOME
| advisory board. Sugar leverages many technologies from the GNOME stack,
| including the GTK+ widget toolkit and the Telepathy messaging framework.
| Large parts of the Sugar user interface were developed in the Python
| programming language with the GTK+ bindings. Sugar is packaged for several
| distributions, including Fedora and Ubuntu, and is distributed under the
| GNU's General Public License (GPL).



Sugar Labs Joins Conservancy

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| Sugar Labs today announced its membership in the Software Freedom
| Conservancy, an organization of Open Source and Free Software projects.
| Sugar Labs supports the free and open source desktop environment, Sugar,
| originally created for the One Laptop per Child Project (OLPC). The Sugar
| community now has an active global developer base that is focused on engaging
| young children in learning through computing and the Internet. As a member of
| the Conservancy, the Sugar community will work to accelerate the adoption of
| the Sugar learning platform and strengthening the project by attracting new
| industry members and community contributors.


Sugar-Coated Fedora LiveCD Gives A Taste of the OLPC XO

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| It's interesting to watch Sugar spread from the OLPC XO laptop and appear in
| several major distributions. Aside from encouraging wider development, it
| opens up a very targeted environment and platform to an audience of users who
| might never consider an OLPC machine.


Interview with Walter Bender of Sugar Labs

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| I'm happy to tell you that Sugar is still being distributed with the OLPC.
| Sugar is now in the hands of a half a million children and teachers
| worldwide, Bender says.


Edward Cherlin expands the vision of OLPC (video)

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| You may know about One Laptop per Child (OLPC), Sugar, and the many projects
| inspired by this initiative. You may not know Edward Mokurai Cherlin or of
| his plans for OLPC: Education, economic development, global commerce, all in
| an environmentally friendly, fair-trade context -- plus ending poverty at a
| profit. All in less than 40 minutes of conversation.


OLPC's Amazon Notebook Linux Only

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| “Contrary to some media reports, it will be a Linux-based XO Laptop that will
| be offered as part of the global initiative and not a dual-boot machine
| running both Windows and Linux,” OLPC said in a statement.


What do Free and Open Source Software Leaders Think of Microsoft?

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| "Microsoft suborned the One Laptop Per Child project, converting it into a
| massive Windows training campaign. The project says it is giving the
| purchasing governments 'more choice' by supporting Windows as well as
| GNU/Linux, but those governments will tend to choose Windows by default. In
| some countries, people will campaign to prevent that. If these campaigns
| succeed, the OLPC project may yet make a positive contribution to the world.
| Otherwise, it will do overall harm."


A Cutting Edge Sugar User Interface Demo

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| Overall I have to say that I'm very impressed by the improvements that Sugar
| has seen over the past few months. While it may take some time for them to
| trickle down into the stable builds it's great to see into what general
| direction things are moving. Personally I'm currently running faster 2056 and
| it's a relatively smooth ride so far with the notable exception of 'record'
| not working. And as much as I love 'record' the improved activity startup
| time alone more than makes up for this loss.


Why Sugar is a big deal for Windows

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| Leigh Dyer explains why the low-cost laptop interface is shaking up the OS
| world, and predicts why it could appear on millions of Windows systems.
| [...]
| More radical changes may be in store for the future. A lot of Sugar's
| features, like the mesh networking, user presence support, and the Journal's
| file store, could be useful across the Linux desktop, so these may end up
| decoupled from the Sugar UI and made available for separate use in a range of
| applications.


Sugar Labs' Walter Bender on the Sweetness of Collaborative Learning

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| He has founded Sugar Labs, a foundation that seeks to advance development of
| Sugar, the user interface originally designed for OLPC.


Linux start-up Sugar Labs in informal talks with four laptop makers

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| Sugar Laboratories, Inc. is now in informal discussions with four ultra-low
| cost laptop manufacturers about the possibility of running its Linux software
| on their hardware, according to the new company's founder.



Intel: doing the dirty on OLPC

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| Intel’s agreement with the OLPC Foundation included a ‘non disparagement’ 
| clause, under which Intel and One Laptop promised not to criticize each 
| other, according to Nicholas Negroponte in the latest article in the Wall 
| Street Journal.   
| Still Intel tactics have violated that repeatedly to kill OLPC efforts in 
| Nigeria, Libya, Pakistan, India, China and Intel is also still trying to pull 
| those tactics in Mexico, Brazil.  
| This is simply disgracefull of Intel, scandalous.
| But Negroponte has signed an agreement saying that he is not allowed to 
| criticize Intel, so he is not allowed to talk about these shameless tactics 
| even though Intel is the one violating the agreement.  
| So only independant voices on the Internet can get those messages of truth 
| out about Intels tactics. 
| In Nigeria, Intel came and donated 3000 laptops to counter OLPC efforts, then 
| sells 17 thousand Classmates to Nigeria at a loss. 
| Then Microsoft corrupted Nigerian officials with 400 thousand dollars to 
| install Windows XP on those instead of Mandriva Linux. 

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