Microsoft working on XP for the US$100 laptop

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Microsoft is reportedly working on running a stripped down version of Windows XP to run on the One Laptop Per Child Foundation's "US$100 laptop".

The ruggedized low-cost laptops, targeted at schoolchildren in developing nations, run on both free and open source software. The machines come with an OS which uses elements of Red Hat's Fedora Core 6 and includes a browser built on XULRunner, the run-time environment used by Firefox.

Now, Microsoft is apparently trying to develop its own proprietary OS for the laptop, using a modified version of XP.

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Should we close minds while we're opening them?

Microsoft wants to get kids locked in early, it seems. This reminds me a bit of the tobacco industry (at least in America); In terms of marketing, I mean. Getting kids hooked on Windows isn't as bad as on cigarettes, of course, but making them believe that PC = Windows is probably not that good. Sure, Microsoft could be changing their ways to adapt the emerging future of technology, and that would be great!

However, I'm pretty sure that the OLPC project are going to say, "Sorry that you spent a non-trivial amount of funds on making a special edition of Windows XP, but no thank you."

Then Microsoft will sue them or Red Hat or the government or something.

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