Displaying items by tag: OLPC

Monday, 19 May 2008 12:27

Sugar craving for new hardware

Moves are afoot to take the Sugar user interface to a wider range of hardware than just the OLPC's XO for which it was originally developed.

Published in Open Source
The man who once was the president of OLPC, the initiative to provide “one laptop per child” to some of the world’s poorest and digitally divided children, has joined Sugar Labs. Why? To do what Nicholas Negroponte won’t – providing open source opportunities for learning, instead of being just another laptop seller.

Published in Fuzzy Logic
Friday, 16 May 2008 07:35

OLPC: one virile Windows laptop per child

The news that Windows XP will be made available on the One Laptop Per Child's XO laptop is now official. When the project began, a move such as this would have been dismissed out of hand by any of those involved. What has changed to make the OLPC just another seller of Windows laptops?

Published in Open Sauce
Not yet available but due in stores by the end of May, the new Asus Eee PC 900 series is the most anticipated computer of the year, with more storage, more memory and a bigger screen in both Windows XP and Linux models. Clearly destined to be another major hit for Asus, the Eee PC 900 faces real competition this time in the new HP Mini-Note – will both be winners?

Published in Fuzzy Logic

It has been known for months that the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative, originally conceived by MIT professor Nicholas Negroponte, is opening an independent endorsed office in Australia. Now that the news has gone mainstream, questions arise as to why? In an interview with iTWire, OLPC Australia board director Jeff Waugh provides some answers and says why Microsoft Windows has no role.

Published in Beerfiles
Wednesday, 07 May 2008 15:52

Outsider to lobby for OLPC Down Under

It's quite characteristic of the cultural cringe that prevails in Australia that a man who works in America, Barry Vercoe, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is coming to the country next week to lobby for the local branch of the One Laptop Per Child project.

Published in Open Sauce
Thursday, 24 April 2008 07:07

OLPC: one excuse per child

Nicholas Negroponte, the head of the One Laptop per Child project, is in the news again, this time trying to rationalise the appearance of Windows XP on the laptop manufactured by the project.
Published in Open Sauce
Wednesday, 26 March 2008 21:32

OLPC: one resignation per child

Nicholas Negroponte must be crying in his beer. The One Laptop Per Child project has hit yet another roadblock with the resignation of Ivan Krstic , the project's director of security architecture.

Published in Open Sauce
Stephen Dukker doesn't like to be described as a do-gooder; he's not comfortable with the label of humanitarian either. It just so happens that what he's involved in is bringing cheap computing to people - and helping a lot of others to make a decent living as well.
Published in Open Sauce
Wednesday, 12 March 2008 14:34

OLPC: one virus per child

It's taken a remarkably short time for the One Laptop Per Child project to change from positioning itself as the saviour of children in developing countries to becoming a toady for Microsoft.

Published in Open Sauce
Sunday, 24 February 2008 15:23

The true cost of one laptop per child

Late last year Uruguay landed its first shipment of 100,000 units of the much lauded, sometimes criticised XO laptop from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) organisation. Buoyed by that success, Walter Bender, president software and content at OLPC effused over the next countries in line for the little green machine. The question is, however, can the likes of Peru, Mexico, Ethiopia, Haiti, Rwanda, Mongolia and a myriad of other impoverished countries stump up with the cash needed to join the OLPC bandwagon? The sums are not that difficult to do.

Published in Beerfiles
Thursday, 21 February 2008 21:06

OLPC: one bad idea per child

There are times when an issue can gnaw away at your internals to the extent that it starts bothering you. And you can't prevent feelings of guilt arising when you are constantly reminded about something or the other, something which you have and others, in distant lands, do not.

Published in Open Sauce
Tuesday, 05 February 2008 19:35

Open source software and the future of the world

Torvalds has been to Linux.conf.au and Torvalds has spoken. During a wide-ranging interview, the Linux founder speculated on the future of hardware and the control that open source offers vendors. The ramifications of this are remarkable. Come hear the word of Torvalds.

Published in The Linux Distillery
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