While the news that Microsoft is developing a version of Windows for the so-called "$100 laptop" has caused some consternation, the head of the One Laptop per Child project has said the scheme could not promote openness if it blocked Windows.

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Created by extra 8 years 38 weeks ago – Made popular 8 years 38 weeks ago
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jbkerns's picture


8 years 38 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago


I call BS. Blocking Windows is

I call BS. Blocking Windows is promoting openness. If the new charitable Bill Gates wants to help OLPC, he can sent some developers, engineers, and marketing fund raising folks over from Redmond.

This is anti-charity. If you really want to help any child, let him be Free, not dependent on closed software.

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8 years 38 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago


Apparently the OLPC has a feature

Apparently the OLPC has a feature where at any time you can press a button and reveal the source code of the program you're currently running, then make experimental changes. I think this is a really neat idea and would like to see it introduced elsewhere. However, I very much doubt that a company such as Microsoft would ever contemplate such a feature.

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8 years 38 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago


They shouldn't block Windows (there's

They shouldn't block Windows (there's no way to do that while still letting freely modify the pre-installed software), but they shouldn't facilitate it either. Giving a speech about Windows is facilitating it.