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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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