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[News] Linux OLPC Successes; Microsoft Still Wants to 'Addict' Children Using the Project

  • Subject: [News] Linux OLPC Successes; Microsoft Still Wants to 'Addict' Children Using the Project
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 09 Feb 2008 15:57:30 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
XO As A Tool To Preserve Language/Culture

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| The development team at OLPC Nepal have been working hard on developing 
| various learning activities for children using the XO. A significant area in 
| which they have been making progress has been in creating activities to help 
| children learn their local dialect.   
| The first dialect to be setup for use on the XO is Limbu. This is a 
| Tibeto-Burman language spoken by more than 300,000 people in eastern Nepal as 
| well as parts of Myanmar, Bhutan and India.  


XP for OLPC is almost here

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| Of course, not everyone is happy about the Microsoft camel putting its nose 
| in the OLPC tent. Bruce Perens, an open-source leader of long standing, 
| argued that Microsoft is trying to grab control of the OLPC to ensure that 
| Windows, and not Linux, will be what the next generation of computer users 
| will learn to accept as the one desktop standard.    
| [...]
| It's a great pity that a project that began as an effort to put inexpensive 
| computing power into the hands of even the poorest of the poor, not to 
| mention showing how open-source software lent itself so well to such a plan, 
| has been hijacked into delays and multibillion-dollar corporate politics.   



Why Microsoft Must Control One Laptop Per Child

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| It's a threat Microsoft can't let stand: the entire third world learning 
| Linux as children, and growing up to use it. And Microsoft is going to get 
| its way.  
| It comes after a sudden wave of SCO-like problems for the OLPC project. A 
| specious patent lawsuit over keyboards. Board-member Intel thrown out of the 
| project for attempting to convince national governments to drop OLPC 
| purchases and go with its own (Windows) product. First, OLPC is shown what 
| its problems will be if it doesn't cooperate with Microsoft. Then, Microsoft 
| approaches with money and technical help - you just have to run Windows to 
| get it.      
| [...]
| Unfortunately, I don't believe that Microsoft's intent toward the OLPC 
| project is at all benign. They will promote their OLPC software load for 
| DRM-locked content with the help of proprietary publishers who are threatened 
| enough by open content to throw some zero cost but DRM locked e-books to the 
| third world. If they can get governments to commit to the DRM-locked content 
| on your platform, a non-Microsoft OS is going to be out of the race.     
| Also, nobody who wants an open platform for the third world is 
| being "religious" about it, promoting sound public policy is not religion. 
| I'm really tired of hearing that old saw brought up, please stop it.   


OLPC in the News (Part 2)

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| Between Microsoft employees and third party contractors that we have brought 
| into the effort, we have over 40 engineers working full-time on the port. We 
| started the project around the beginning of the year and think it will be 
| mid-2008 at the earliest before we could have a production-quality release.   


Microsoft denies dual-boot Linux/Windows XO laptops are on its agenda

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| It looks like the head of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Chief Nicholas 
| Negroponte is not only alienating Intel, but Microsoft, too. 


Lessons from Africa: How to Kill Your Own FUD

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| So, even as Microsoft claims superior quality over Linux, they act as if they 
| don't even buy their own FUD. If they really believed that Windows was 
| superior to Linux, they wouldn't have to bribe people with “marketing help” 
| to get them to choose Windows.   


[Mandriva CEO:] An open letter to Steve Ballmer

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| Wow! I’m impressed, Steve! What have you done for these guys to change their
| mind like this? It’s pretty clear to me, and it will be clear to everyone.
| How do you call what you just did Steve, in the place where you live? In my
| place, they give it various names, I’m sure you know them.  
| Hey Steve, how do you feel looking at yourself in the mirror in the morning?
| Of course, I will keep fighting this one and the next one, and the next one.
| You have the money, the power, and maybe we have a different sense of ethics
| you and I, but I believe that hard work, good technology and ethics can win
| too.  


Poor Kids' Laptop Cranks Up

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| Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates earlier this year told the Microsoft
| Government Leaders Forum, "Geez, get a decent computer where you can
| actually read the text and you?re not sitting there cranking the thing
| while you're trying to type" (see Bill Gates Mocks $100 Laptop).


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

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| 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]


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