OLPC project clarifies: no plans for Windows support

Claims that the One Laptop Per Child project and Microsoft had partnered to put Windows XP Starter Edition on the laptop have turned out to be false. According to Walter Bender, president of Software and Content at OLPC, there is no agreement in place between OLPC and Microsoft to offer XO laptops with any version of Windows. Bender also indicated that Microsoft has not contacted OLPC regarding its $3 software bundling program, nor have any governments requested that the XO be outfitted with Windows.

Microsoft may be one of over 1,500 developers accepted to OLPC's developer program, the company does have access to XO prototypes and has said that it will develop for the XO laptop. However, when asked if OLPC was aware of any tests of either XP Starter Edition or Vista Starter Edition on the XO, Bender said that he was not.

News source: Ars Technica

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There are no plans for OLPC shipping with Windows, but the OLPC project has worked with Microsoft (to include shipping them prototype units) so Microsoft can make Windows work with those.

Working together for future compatibility possibilities is a good, common sense approach. It doesn't mean that OLPC plans to ship Windows systems, as some news reporters seem to have inferred from these actions.

If OLPC is a success, Microsoft will want to be part of it to prevent adoption of possible future alternative, esp. for people in undeveloped countries who haven't familiarize themselves with MS OS, even though Microsoft had criticized OLPC as mere toys previously.


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Isn't the whole point of this that these computers are easy to use and hopefully crash free? I don't really see how Windows can fit into this model...

Remember that they employ mesh networking, I don't think that Windows can do that...

Who said anything about crash proof?
There is no such thing as crash proof ... even UNIX can crash, not very often mind you.

They need easy to use and reliable, which entails being able to recover from a crash when it does happen (user serviceable) AND technical support for those times something realy unusual happens.

I don't see M$ tech support being available for a $3 windows OS and they sure as heck are not going to share any code to make it user serviceable.

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