Good news and bad news

The Good: Dell starts selling computers with Ubuntu installed  – You might actually get me to buy a Dell now. Maybe. I spent a few too many years repairing them to trust their build quality.

The Bad: The OLPC will cost $175 and run WindowsXP – *blinks, at a loss for words*

Am I the only person to who this sounds a bit backwards?

Oh, and as a bonus, a great critique of Microsoft’s new $3 Windows scam program


5 Comments on “Good news and bad news”

  1. K.Mandla says:

    Good grief, that’s a huge step backwards. I just lost the hope I had for the OLPC project. Still, Gates is savvy, I’ll give him that. He knows that without hooking the next crop of customers on his product, it might lose ground. Sigh. 😦

  2. kwasi says:

    It really makes no sense. They put all this effort into making sure that the platform and software are as open as possible, then they team up with Microsoft to install windows.

    Their logic on this one is a bit hard to get.

    Ah well, at least Dell is giving Linux a shot. I just wish they made more sturdy hardware.

  3. Belle says:

    Isn’t it a bit harsh, and in fact misleading to state that the OLPC “will run windows?” I was extremely surprised, and went back and read and re-read the article. It says the team is working with MSFT so that the OLPC can run a version of Windows *in addition to its homegrown, open-source interface* . I understand that any collaboration with MSFT may be upsetting/seem disingenuous to open-source advocates, but I think there is an important distinction between *being able* to run Windows, and solely running windows. While I’ve particularly been in favour of open-source software for the OLPC because of the potential cost implications, I think that as long as there is largely a focus on open-source software, and that the pricing advantages etc. are maintained. we shouldn’t decry the team working with MSFT to give people *the option* of running windows on the machines. After all, if the goal is to help encourage the use of technology, and revolutionize education, then providing them the opportunity to use an additional OS shouldn’t be a negative..
    just my $0.02

  4. kwasi says:

    I appreciate the comment Belle, and I wasn’t trying to imply that the OLPC will be solely running windows. If it came out that way then that was a mistake on my part.

    Nevertheless I do find it bordering on hypocrisy to insist on a totally open system to the point that the source code of must be available to its users and then turn around and cooperate with Microsoft to make sure the same machines run an operating system that is closed source and dependent on closed standards.

    Philosophically it feels like a step backwards.

  5. umbrarchist says:

    If the decision makers in some countries won’t buy it without Windows and putting in Windows will get it into the hands of more kids then do the Windows thing. The kids are more important than Open Source. Once the kids get the computers they can do what they want.


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