Wednesday, January 9, 2008

OLPC - slipping to the Dark Side?

From a purely technical perspective, the news that OLPC is in talks with Microsoft "to develop a dual-boot system to put both Linux and Windows on laptops aimed at kids in developing countries" has to be the most retarded thing I've heard in a long time.

Why would anyone create such a beautiful thing as XO, only to crap on it by jamming in any version of a Microsoft OS? Very disappointing - even with a dual boot approach. Why bother?

Stranger still is Negroponte's rationale that
Microsoft has embraced the open-source community over the past few years in a very different way than before.
The best response to which came from a comment on another blog:
Microsoft embraces the open-source community like a dog embraces a leg.
Nothing a good neutering can't correct.

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