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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Today marks the official mass production of the OLPC (or XO laptop computer). However, the project has lost some buzz and It is hard not to think that there's a global neo-conspiracy to harm the OLPC project.
Both Microsoft and Intel are guilty of causing FUCD (Fear, Uncertainly, Confusion and Doubt) both in the minds of the OLPC team, their prospective customers and the tech audience.
For example, Microsoft has been arduously courting OLPC to make sure that the Windows Operating system is not excluded from any OLPC plans - a move that has been condemned by many.
But at the same time it has demoed its own unified platform dubbed the Foneplus (which allows people to connect their phones to a keyboard and a TV) and has announced back in April 2007 that it will sell the Windows Operating System and Microsoft Office suite for £1.50 (cheaper than some pirated copies) to third world and emerging Governments.