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OLPC XO-2 goes Open Hardware

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| I admit to being a little gobstopped by Nicholas Negroponte’s announcment in 
| the Guardian that the next generation OLPC will be Open Hardware is a pretty 
| big deal.  I picked up the announcement this morning from Make Magazine 
| editor, Phil Torrone’s twitter feed in which he says “This is pretty much the 
| biggest news of 2009".  For the maker, tinkerer, hardware hacker world, this 
| might just be true.     


OLPC was derailed by Microsoft/Intel crime (details below), but they try to
rewrite history now.


OLPC: Nigeria's Registrar Finds No Proof KONYIN Registration Was Extended

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| I know. The dog ate it.
| It is also a matter of record that Oyegbola was convicted of bank fraud in 
| Boston in 1990 and served a year in prison. 
| OLPC Nigeria already told the court that the Extension of Design was invalid, 
| but the court ignored them. I don't think it will do so now. If there is no 
| valid extension, an injunction based upon it would be improper, obviously. 
| The court will have another opportunity to get it right, as this letter will 
| now be presented to the court. That's if it *wants* to get it right, which I 
| am not at all convinced it does.      


Local OEMs boycott Microsoft, Intel

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| The local Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in the country may have 
| commenced boycotting of placing orders on the Operating System (OS) 
| dominantly supplied by the software giant, Microsoft Corporation and computer 
| processor manufacturer, Intel Corporation offices in the country.   


OLPC Tells Nigerian Court: We Don't Use LANCOR's Keyboard

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| Here's what OLPC says was hidden from the court:
|     * LANCOR has no valid patent
|     * OLPC hasn't sold any XO laptops in Nigeria
|     * it's a non-profit
|     * the beta XO laptops tested in Nigeria were not for sale and were not 
|     given away 
|     * OLPC never signed a EULA
|     * OLPC never reverse engineered anything
|     * its keyboards that will be distributed use all public domain techniques 
|     and not LANCOR's Konyin keyboard 


Nigerian Patent Infringement Lawsuit: Scam or Shame?

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| After reading that story I went to look for the Nigerian Patent Office's 
| website, unfortunately according to the WIPO (World Intellectual Property 
| Organization) directory there's no such thing. Probing further I found that 
| the Nigerian Industrial Property Offices use a @yahoo.com e-mail address. 
| That was the point where I stopped my search for an online-version of Patent 
| # RD8489 even though I would really liked to take a look at it!     


LANCOR's Adé Oyegbola Answers Groklaw's Questions About OLPC

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| PJ: Thank you for responding. I think you misunderstand then one thing about 
| OLPC. OLPC is a recognized charity under the law. Selling a laptop for cost 
| does not make them commercial, Ade.  
| Many of my readers have been asking me, and I hope you do not feel insulted 
| if I ask on their behalf, but is there any connection or have you had any 
| contact with Microsoft or Intel?  


OLPC's Nigerian patent suit being waged by a man convicted of bank fraud

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| The Boston Globe is reporting that LANCOR, the Nigerian-owned company that 
| has filed suit against the One Laptop Per Child project for patent 
| infringement, is actually helmed by a man convicted of bank fraud. He spent a 
| year in prison.    


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| [PJ: I thought you might like to see the keyboard that LANCOR's thinks is 
| being infringed by the OLPC. Here's the page for the entire world. Ah! 
| Innovation. It certainly is an amazing technical advance to have 4 shift keys 
| so you can do accent marks. What genius could ever think of a keyboard that 
| can do an accent aigu? Genius, I say. Innovative genius. Nothing obvious 
| here. So you can certainly understand why LANCOR claims it must safeguard 
| with their lives the keyboard driver source code. For contrast, here is the 
| OLPC's Nigerian keyboard. So different I start to wonder if this was about  
| advertising a keyboard.]       
| [...]
| ...Dr Aja-Nwachuku said he was now assessing OLPC alongside other schemes 
| from Microsoft and Intel. 
| [If you don't want a laptop from OLPC, because you feel you need schools, 
| uniforms and chairs first -- not that any of that makes sense since the kids 
| can sit outside under a tree and study with OLPC or at home -- why would he 
| be considering the Classmate from Intel or a "scheme" from Microsoft? You 
| tell me.] -    


Lagos Analysis Corp. (LANCOR) Files Lawsuit Against Nicholas Negroponte and
OLPC Association for Patent Infringement. Negroponte's OLPC Accused of
Unauthorized Use of LANCOR's Multilingual Keyboard Technology Invention in XO

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| Lagos Analysis Corporation, a United States-based Nigerian-owned company with 
| a subsidiary called LANCOR Management Limited, in Nigeria (LANCOR) announces 
| today that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the Federal High 
| Court, Lagos Judicial Division holding at Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria against 
| Nicholas Negroponte, One Laptop Per Child Association (OLPC) and its enablers 
| in Nigeria.     


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).


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.


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. 


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.


From: Martin Taylor
Sent: Monday, October 17, 2005 8:45 PM
To: Orlando Ayala
Subject: RE: Recap of our meeting today with Rodrigo and Marcelo

Yikes. We should see how we can “target” the funds for the specific research.
There is a way to position this around MSFT willing to possibly give MORE if
they do research on stuff that is mutually interesting. It could make sense. I
think this is how Samsung structures there deal with Media labs.

- -MT

From: Orlando Ayaia
Sent: Monday, October 17, 2005 3:59 PM
To: Martin Taylor
Subject: FW: Recap of our meeting today with Rodrigo and Marcelo

gong backwards!

From: Craig Mundie
Sent: Monday, October 17, 2005 3:57 PM
To: Orlando Ayala; Will Poole; Tom Phillips; Rick Thompson; Mike Sievert
Cc: Craig Fiebig
Subject: RE: Recap of our meeting today with Rodrigo and Marcelo

Targeted only at Media Lab. They are increasing investments at MIT overall I
think (although our $25M five year deal on eCampus is also coming to an end
this year I think). With Media Lab, they want to fund specific research but
not put the money into the big general fund…

From: Orlando Ayaia
Sent: Monday, October 17, 2005 3:54 PM
To: Craig Mundie; Will Poole; Tom Phillips; Rick Thompson; Mike Sievert
Cc: Craig Fiebig
Subject: RE: Recap of our meeting today with Rodrigo and Marcelo

is the reduction in funding part of a larger strategy to reduce overall that
type of investment or targeted specifically to MIT?

From: Craig Mundie
Sent: Monday, October 17, 2005 3:51 PM
To: Will Poole; Orlando Ayala; Tom Phillips; Rick Thompson; Mike Sievert
Cc: Craig Fiebig
Subject: RE: Recap of our meeting today with Rodrigo and Marcelo

Rashid has already determined that MSR doesn’t want to continue even at their
current level of funding for the Media Lab and MIT, but I have gotten them to
hold off for a quater so that it didn’t disrupt these negotiation. If there is
anything with the Media Lab from MSR it will be smaller and more directed I
think. Other than that, we would have to find some other organization, either
my TCI work, or the products group, that wanted to fund that Media Lab and
that is a start-from-scratch analysis.


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From: Will Poole
Sent: Monday, October 17, 2005 3:15 PM
To: Orlando Ayala; Craig Mundie; Tom Phillips; Rick Thompson; Mike Sievert
Cc: Craig Fiebig
Subject: RE: Recap of our meeting today with Rodrigo and Marcelo

I agree with the structure of the offer and also with Craig’a point below.

I do not think we should put any big funding/donation on the table for media
lab as part of this discussion. It is likely OK to give back-channel
indication that we’d be open to reviewing their plans in the future. But Rick
Rashid should approve whatever messaging we give in this area.

I think we should name our new open source license and romance its
creation. “Education Open Source” or something like that. And offer that
commercial terms can be established under such an agreement, thus enabling the
best of open source and commercial software environments.

Agree we need to manage the billg messaging carefully. Bill is on the road
starting either tomorrow or Wed. I recommend getting the mail from him
done/sent early.

The biz model subsidization point is expected, and concerns me a lot. Clearly
we don’t want a world where we’re flat footed as Google figures out how to
give states or countries $x in hardware subsidy based on the devices being
somehow locked to google search. Tom, I recommend you loop someone in MSN into
a discussion on this point. Maybe start with Bruce Jaffee.


** Sent from Windows Vista Beta-2 CTP **

From: Orlando Ayaia
Sent: Monday, October 17, 2005 3:01 PM
To: Craig Mundie; Tom Phillips; Will Poole; Rick Thompson; Mike Sievert
Cc: Craig Fiebig
Subject: RE: Recap of our meeting today with Rodrigo and Marcelo

Craig.. I assume you finally support the structure of the MS offer as it stands

From: Craig Mundie
Sent: Sunday, October 16, 2005 9:47 PM
To: Tom Phillips; Will Poole; Rick Thompson; Mike Sievert
Cc: Orlando Ayaia; Craig Fiebig
Subject: RE: Recap of our meeting today with Rodrigo and Marcelo

Remember that a key part of our strategy is to create a situation where even if
Nick rejects us for philosophical reasons there is a long and visible history
of our attempts to work with them and then we have to ask to get a license for
the “open source hardware” and we will make our own offering on the commercial

From: Tom Phillips
Sent: Sunday, October 16, 2005 8:48 PM
To: Will Poole; Craig Mundie; Rick Thompson; Mike Sievert
Cc: Orlando Ayaia; Craig Fiebig
Subject: RE: Recap of our meeting today with Rodrigo and Marcelo


Page 3: (Page 4 tomm)

Executive Overview:

On Sunday, October 16th, we meet with Rodrigo Arboleda and Marcelo Claure
(Brightstar President and CEO) in Miami to discuss the work with the OLPCA.
The Microsoft attendees of this meeting were OrlandoA, CFiebig, and TomPh. In
this meeting we sought additional due diligence on the OLPC project and to
pilot the proposal to identify issues or areas that need additional work.

The meeting begin with a question by Marcelo on wether Microsoft felt the OLPC
project would be successful without its involvement. We approched the question
indicating that while the project could certianly be completed, Microsoft
involvement could be a significant benifit both in the reach of the project
and the by our ability to get more done in a shorter timeframe. Marcelo stated
that he was pleased that Microsoft was taking the project seriously, and
concurred that working together could be benificial. Another key question for
Marcelo was whether Microsoft could coexist in a engineering project with
RedHat. We discussed this in the context of working with OEM partners that
provide both Windows and Linux products, and Marcelo appeared satisfied with
the option that provided both a Windows and Linux offering. What followed was
a discussion on the goals of the project, with the conclusion that there is
clear goal alignment. The discussion then turned to our proposal, and the area
that needed to be optimized to increase its likelihood of success. Overall, it
was a very candid session that started and remained positive in tone. The
manority of the discussion was on areas of change, which are highlighted below
in the Proposal Recommendations and Options for Consideration sections below.

At the conclusion of this meeting, it was again clear that the central issues
boils down to the OSS philosophy of Nick. In our meeting with Hector, he
insisted that AMD has the capability to shift Nick into a more realistic state
ont he Open Source philosophy. The optimism of Hector was not shared by
Marcelo. A complecation factor is that the Board Member do not appear to have
a deep understanding of Open Source, as evidenced by our discussion with
Marcelo. We spent a few minutes on open source and various licensing models,
but this was all new to Marcelo. We did get agreement that this is a complex
topic, but the counsel of Marcelo is to make this as simple as possible in the
discussion as Nick does not do well with details.

Further, as Marcelo confided, and additional complication is the degree of
Microsoft bashing that has been a part of the board meeting and the difficulty
of Nick change course without appearing to cave and counter his previous
statements. With all these factors in mind, we are not advocating a shift in
course, but we do want to ensure that everyone on this email is cognizant
about the challenges ahead. We will outline below the go forward plan to get
the emotion out of this topic, but it remains the single obstacle of getting a
agreement in place.

In conclusion, going into the meeting, our confidence level in getting Nick to
accept the Microsoft proposal was not high (between a 20-25% likelihood).
Leaving the meeting, there were some points for revisions in our approach, but
the net confidence level still remains relatively low.

OLPCA & OLPC Updates:

Marcelo was very candid and provided some new details and updates on the
project. There were some points that were noteworthly, including the

Status of the prototypes and engineering - Marcelo, who is the largest Motorola
distributor and does device servicing and manufacturing, feels that the status
of the prototype and engineeing is quite good. His statements reflected
excellent work between the OLPC and AMD, which sounds probable given the
excellent work that we have seen from AMD in projects such as the x86-64
project. There are three companies bidding to do the display work according to
Marcelo, and he felt confident that the device engineering was on track. The
area where there was concern was in the RedHat development, where he confided
that there were concenrs about getting the work completed on the intended

Current board members and the discussion process - In this meeting, there
appear to be a set of three Board members that are aligned on the commercial
interests of the work, which are Hector Ruiz, Marcelo Claure, and Tom Meredith
(former Dell CFO). In the view of Marcelo, these were also the primary strong
business and excecution members on the board, and that Nick is leaning on them
heavily as the project progresses for guidance.

OLPCA executive team being recruited - Over the course of the next three weeks,
Marcelo indicated that a CEO would be hired, in adddition to other principals
to run the business execution side of the project. In the discussion, Marcelo
indicated that Nick recognizes that he does not have the business skills to
run this project,

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