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[News] How OLPC Rejected Mac OS X and Windows, Went with GNU/Linux Instead

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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).   
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http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2008/1017/1224108318538.html

"There is such an overvaluation of technology stocks that it is absurd. I would
include our stock in that category. It is bad for the long-term worth of the
economy."
                                --Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO



Days ago:

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.
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http://news.softpedia.com/news/OLPC-Releases-Fedora-based-Linux-Distribution-for-the-XO-Laptop-95858.shtml


Related:

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."
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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119948070480568405.html?mod=googlenews_wsj


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."
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http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hXa0O9XLMsWfaqt-sI9FqFy2IewgD8TVAD7OA


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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http://www.p2pnet.net/story/14124


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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http://www.redherring.com/article.aspx?a=17302


One Laptop Per Child - Production Delays Caused By Microsoft, Intel?

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| I sincerely hope that no matter what the people who are running the
| OLPC project decide, that their project will continue and not get
| bogged down in a play of corporate greed and ambitions.
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http://www.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/2007/04/28/one-laptop-per-child-production-delays-caused-by-microsoft-intel/


Negroponte says Intel should be "ashamed of itself"

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| He is furious that Intel's CEO Craig Barrett called the One Laptop a
| gadget. The Negroponte initiative is caught in the middle of a vicious
| fight between AMD and Intel, he said.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=39733


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.
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http://www.linuxtoday.com/news_story.php3?ltsn=2007-11-09-030-26-OP-MD-MS


Linux wins Nigerian school desktops back from Microsoft

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| "We are sticking with that platform," said the official, who would not give
| his name.
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http://www.computerworlduk.com/management/government-law/public-sector/news/index.cfm?newsid=6124
http://tinyurl.com/27ycq9


[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.
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http://blog.mandriva.com/2007/10/31/an-open-letter-to-steve-ballmer/


Not Such a Harsh Toke, Actually

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| This is socially, economically, politically and otherwise innovative. It is
| good for democracy too in some of the few remaining places that good thing is
| having trouble getting hold. We regard that thing too lightly, I fear.
|
| The Gates | Otellini axis directly hurts us deeply. To me, it is a
| particularly American shame.
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http://fussnotes.typepad.com/plexnex/2007/11/not-such-a-hars.html


Intel slapped with new antitrust investigation

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| New York state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has launched an antitrust
| investigation of Intel, after his office served a wide-ranging subpoena on
| the chip giant.
|
| Cuomo is investigating whether Intel violated state and federal antitrust
| laws by coercing customers to exclude its main rival, Advanced Micro Devices
| (AMD), from the worldwide market for PC central processing units (CPUs),
| Cuomo said in a news release.
|
| The subpoena seeks information on Intel's pricing practices and possible
| attempts to exclude competitors through its market power, Cuomo's office
| said.
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http://www.techworld.com/opsys/news/index.cfm?newsID=11099&pagtype=all


US antitrust group urges Intel investigation

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| The American Antitrust Institute (AAI), a Washington DC lobby group, has
| written an open letter to the Federal Trade Commission urging an
| investigation of Intel's allegedly monopolistic business practices.
|
| [...]
|
| AAI say its insistence of an investigation is based on allegations by AMD in
| a private case and information obtained by the EC's complaint, which have not
| been made public
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/08/30/aai_wants_intel_probe_expansion/


Intel urged to give more data on flash unit deal

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| ...U.S. Federal Trade Commission has requested additional information on the
| company's deal with STMicroelectronics...
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http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idUKWNAS317820070830?rpc=44


The Fight for Fair and Open Competition

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| AMD is an undisputed technology and innovation leader.
|
| However, Intel's abusive, illegal monopolistic behavior is preventing
| businesses and consumers alike from choosing freely between AMD and Intel
| products.
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http://breakfree.amd.com/en-us/antitrust.aspx


EC says Intel influenced bids for computer projects

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| The third type of allegation, however, was new, and sounded like a variety of
| predatory pricing. “In the context of bids against AMD-based products for
| strategic customers in the server segment of the market,” the commission
| press release said, “Intel has offered CPUs on average below cost.”
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http://legalpad.blogs.fortune.com/2007/08/03/ec-says-intel-influenced-bids-for-computer-projects/


Negroponte says Intel should be "ashamed of itself"

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| He is furious that Intel's CEO Craig Barrett called the One Laptop a
| gadget. The Negroponte initiative is caught in the middle of a vicious
| fight between AMD and Intel, he said.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=39733


AMD chief condemns Intel 'abuses'

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| In 2005, after the Japan Fair Trade Commission found Intel guilty of
| offering illegal rebates to Japanese PC makers, AMD filed an anti-trust
| suit against its competitor in the U.S. District Court in Delaware. The
| case has not been decided.
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http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2007/06/21/amd_ceo_condemns_intel_abuses/


AMD: Intel Destroyed Evidence in Antitrust Case

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| In an unpublished statement to the U.S. District Court of Delaware,
| AMD alleges Intel allowed the destruction of evidence in pending
| antitrust litigation.
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http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=6352


Video: Henri Richard comes out swinging at Intel during AMD press conference

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| [AMD's Henri Richard:] "I am sick and tired of being pushed around
| by a competitor that doesn't respect the rules of fair and open
| competition."
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/Berlind/?p=363


Investors sue Dell on payments from Intel: WSJ

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| An investor lawsuit seeking class-action status accuses Dell Inc. of
| improper accounting in its relationship with chip giant Intel,
| according to a media report published Thursday evening.
|
| [...]
|
| The suit alleges that Dell received at times as much as $1 billion
| a year in "secret and likely illegal" kickbacks in the form of
| "e-Cap" or "exception to corporate average pricing" payments"
| from Intel to ensure that Dell used no other chip supplier,
| according to The Journal.
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http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/investors-sue-dell-payments-intel/story.aspx?guid=%7B400315B0%2DE375%2D4920%2DB300%2D784220BEFE35%7D&siteid=yhoo&dist=yhoo


Lenovo got financial help from Intel, claim

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| Journalists on the title said Lenovo is being paid a "pretty
| penny" from Intel to use its chips.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=37670


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| In 2005, a unit of Shenzhen Donjin countersued, saying Intel engaged
| in monopolistic practices.
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http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/070514/china_intel_settlement.html?.v=7


Intel's anti-trust memos started vanishing from the top

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| Chairman Craig Barrett, CEO Paul Otellini and sales chief Sean Maloney
| have appeared on a list of Intel employees thought to have deleted
| e-mails possibly relevant to AMD's anti-trust lawsuit against its
| larger rival. The missing e-mails have thrust a livid state of mind
| onto AMD's lawyers who have very serious problems with Intel's
| rather lax document retention policy.
|
| [...]
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| CEO Otellini appears to have been one of these troublesome employees.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/03/11/intel_tortellini_episode/
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