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[News] GNU/Linux-based OLPC XOs Come to Australia

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OLPC giveaway program hits Oz

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| The Australian subsidiary of the non-profit One Laptop per Child (OLPC) 
| organisation today said it would commence a local "Give 1, Get 1" program on 
| November 30 that would deliver the machines to both geeks and disadvantaged 
| children.   
| [...]
| "At linux.conf.au 2008 in Melbourne, about 150 XO laptops were handed out to 
| open source developers, so there's been a lot of cool development work being 
| done by Australians given that we've had some availability in the community", 
| he said.   



Tom Brady Teams Up With OLPC

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| Well, good for Tom. Maybe there's more to life than football and dating every
| model in the Victoria's Secret catalog. (Or maybe not.) Still, it's hard to
| resist the irony of struggling OLPC-it's had a difficult journey getting its
| low-cost Linux portables to market-teaming up with the hobbling Tom Brady,
| who's out for the season with a knee injury.


Amazon to sell OLPC's XO laptop starting Nov. 17

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| Only Linux-based XO laptops will be available through Amazon, said Jim
| Gettys, vice president of software engineering at OLPC. A Windows version
| will not be sold.


Breaking News: G1G1 coming to Europe Nov. 17


Laptop plan is not child's play just yet

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| But worse than its origins were the criticism of the software itself.
| Negroponte had opted for Linux and an entirely new user interface called
| Sugar (the rumours said that he had turned down an offer by Steve Jobs of
| free-to-ship version of MacOS).


OLPC Releases Fedora-Based Linux Distribution for the XO Laptop

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| The OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) developers announced today a new release of
| their XO Software, a Fedora-based Linux distribution designed for the XO
| laptop. The new version is based on the popular Sugar graphical interface,
| Fedora 9 operating system, and includes some core software customizations for
| wireless drivers, Open Firmware, power management, and the NAND flash
| filesystem. Among the new features in XO Software 8.2.0, we can notice some
| usability and GUI (graphical user interface) improvements, backup and restore
| functions, new and updated languages, automatic updates and longer battery
| life.



Laptop-Project Founder Faults Intel

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| Oscar Becerra Tresierra, general director for educational technology at
| Peru's Ministry of Education, says that after the country recently agreed to
| buy 272,500 OLPC laptops for primary-school students, an Intel sales
| representative tried "to scare us" by claiming the machines and their power
| adapters didn't work. "I don't feel very happy about it," he said. "We
| wouldn't like the project to fail because somebody is spreading gossip about
| the machines that doesn't turn out to be true."


Laptop Project Blames Intel for Breakup

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| Negroponte said Intel even tried to undo a deal One Laptop had already sealed
| in Peru by citing flaws in the One Laptop "XO" machine and telling government
| ministers "we ought to know, because we are on the board." Such hostile
| comments were prohibited, Negroponte claimed, under the July peace treaty
| that brought Intel into the One Laptop Per Child camp.
| "I want to say we tried, but it was never a partnership," Negroponte
| said. "There's not one single thing in their contract or agreement that they
| lived up to."


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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