Introduction – OLPC aims to create a USD100 rugged laptop for use in developing nations. To get a laptop that cheap it has to take advantage of free and open source software.
OLPC have Microsoft developing a very cut back XP operating system that will function at very low power usage levels.
Some within the open source community are enraged that OLPC has gone over to the dark side and are talking with MS.
Nicholas Negroponte – visionary, academic, commentator and more in his “tell it like it is” style, said the following;
“It would be hard for OLPC to say it was ‘open’ and then be closed to Microsoft. Open means open”
I’m with Nicholas on this one – open source is great, but open source to the exclusion of the “traditional” vendors is bad