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[News] OLPC XOs Run GNU/Linux and Sold on Amazon Globally

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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.


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).

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