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A tale of two laptops

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OLPC The Fedex guy handed me a small squarish cardboard box. Inside I found an uber-designed, light, little laptop. No, it was not the Air. It was an XO. This is a story about how alike, and how very different, the two laptops are.

invention is the mother of necessity

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kmandla.wordpress: Yes, invention is the mother of necessity, and my little XO is proof. Since I got it a week ago I’ve added all manner of doo-dads and thingamajigs, usually keeping to the green motif, and sinking at least another 7500 yen into it.

First XO laptop in Nepal through Simply Give program

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olpcnepal.blogspot: Simply Give donation program has brought the first XO Laptop to Nepal. The lucky one is Prajesh Dulal. Jane Smith (USA) has contributed the laptop. Today he came to OLPC Nepal office for learning how to use this beautiful machine.

Also: impressions of an xo laptop

Road-testing the $100 laptop's `appropriate technology'

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OLPC There is a tidy satisfaction that comes from owning a piece of technology that does a few things well, and yet nothing more. Which explains why I am typing this very sentence on my brand new XO laptop, which arrived at my door Tuesday morning.

Interview: OLPC's Michail Bletsas Part 1 [of 2]

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Interviews When Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative was first announced, the project was nearly universally lauded by the tech press. We caught up with OLPC's Chief Connectivity Officer, Michail Bletsas, to speak about these issues and the future of One Laptop Per Child.

What Led to the OLPC-Intel Split?

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LinuxInsider: The project repeatedly hit snags. Unforeseen production costs nearly doubled the projected price of $100 per machine, hindering poor nations from purchasing it. A Nigerian-owned, Massachusetts-based firm, Lagos Analysis, is suing the foundation for copyright infringement of its laptop keyboard design.

The paradox of choice

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OLPC People were already making a fuss about Nicholas’ claim that we’re working with Microsoft on supporting dual-boot with Windows XP, and now Bruce Perens writes a lachrymal — if entirely misinformed — missive about OLPC selling out to Microsoft. Yes, we’ve been meeting with Microsoft about their XP port.

Why Microsoft Must Control One Laptop Per Child

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Bruce Perens: It's a threat Microsoft can't let stand: the entire third world learning Linux as children, and growing up to use it. And Microsoft is going to get its way.

Microsoft denies dual-boot Linux/Windows XO laptops are on its agenda

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blogs.zdnet: A day after published reports quoting Negroponte as saying OLPC XO laptops would dual boot Linux and Windows, Microsoft is denying that the company is pursuing such a plan.

OLPC developing dual-boot Windows, Linux OS for laptops

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computerworld: The One Laptop Per Child Project (OLPC) and Microsoft are working together to develop a dual-boot system to put both Linux and Windows on laptops aimed at kids in developing countries, the head of OLPC said in an interview Tuesday.

Also: OLPC America to launch in 2008
And: OLPC would welcome Intel back

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