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OLPC's legacy could be the technology developed to make the XO Notebook possible, not the XO Notebook itself

Walter Bender was the president of software and content for the One Laptop Per Child Foundation (OLPC). One of his main tasks with the OLPC was to design the interface for the notebook called Sugar. Last week Bender resigned from his position with OLPC.

Xconomy says that the decision to leave was in part because of a split Bender had with founder Nicholas Negroponte over how the foundation should continue its role in the computing world. Bender told Xconomy that he disagreed with Negroponte’s move to de-emphasize projects like Sugar and become more closely associated with established firms in the software business like Microsoft.

Microsoft has previously stated that a version of Windows XP would be running on the XO notebook eventually. Bender says, “If you read between the lines, the idea is to stop trying to be disruptive and to start trying to make things comfortable for decision-makers. Personally, I think that…a role that a non-profit can play is to try to demonstrate better ways of doing things and let the market follow them. But that is a minority opinion [within OLPC], so I left to do my own thing.”

Xconomy says that the legacy of the OLPC may end up not being the XO Notebook itself, but rather the technologies that were developed in order to make the XO Laptop viable. Bender and his Sugar interface aren’t the only technology spin-offs that have come out of the OLPC.

Former CTO Mary Lou Jepsen left the OLPC to form her own company called Pixel Qi to build and market energy-saving screens and other technology originally developed for the OLPC XO Notebook. The technology that both Bender and Jepsen develop could eventually turn up in consumer devices and competing low cost notebooks like the Intel Classmate in the future.



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RE: Wrong.
By TomZ on 4/26/2008 10:42:52 AM , Rating: 2
Being able to load your own OS isn't the only way to have choice.

For example, for consumers, most new Dell systems are available pre-loaded with Vista and XP. A smaller set of machines are also available with Linux (Novell, Red Hat, Ubuntu): http://www.dell.com/content/topics/global.aspx/all... If you prefer OS-X, then you can obviously purchase a Mac.

Looking at the business side, most corporate IT departments image/load their own PCs, so obviously that gives them the choice to load whatever OS they prefer.

So I fail to see how there is a lack of choice out there for the average buyer.


RE: Wrong.
By Zirconium on 4/26/2008 2:47:09 PM , Rating: 2
Now you are just arguing for the sake of arguing even though you know you are wrong and you are spinning things off in a crazy tangent that I will get as little involved in as possible.

The point of the matter is that most PCs come with Windows by default and that is why it is unfair to make the claim that Windows XP has the best UI due to marketshare. Yes, you *can* buy a PC with Linux. But how long have big name companies been doing this? About a year, if I recall correctly. And the systems aren't the ones that are prominently listed in the advertisements. Wait, I take that back, you are going to find one advertisement, and try to say that the exception is the rule.

Get over it. If you are a typical consumer, and you are buying a PC, you see two options. There are the Macs, but you see them as being more expensive and not compatible with software you may already own (don't even try to bring up boot camp when talking about the AVERAGE CONSUMER ). And the dominant option is Windows. Just go to Best Buy or Staples or whatever large chain that sells computers and tell me what most computers come pre-installed with (Joe's House of Linux is not a major retailer).

And don't even get me started on the politics of trying to get a corporation to use Linux.


RE: Wrong.
By TomZ on 4/27/2008 12:47:39 AM , Rating: 2
Well, the reason that most people buy PC's with Windows, and that most PC's come with Windows, is that most people want to buy PC's with Windows. The market is very efficient in supplying exactly what people want to buy. I don't see what is so hard to understand about that.


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