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Microsoft denies working with OLPC on dual-boot Windows OS

Microsoft denies working with OLPC on dual-boot Windows OS

History, it seems, repeats itself with the OLPC project.  Shortly after founder Nicholas Negroponte announced a dual-boot Linux/Windows XP version was being developed with Microsoft, including possible support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft have themselves debunked the story and denied their involvement:

"While we have investigated the possibility in the past, Microsoft is not developing dual-boot Windows XP support for One Laptop Per Child’s XO laptop. As we announced in December, Microsoft plans to publish formal design guidelines early this year that will assist flash-based device manufacturers in designing machines that enable a high-quality Windows experience. Our current goal remains to provide a high-quality Windows experience on the XO device.

In addition, there will be limited field trials in January 2008 of Windows XP for One Laptop Per Child's XO laptop. Microsoft recommends contacting the company directly for any further updates"  Microsoft statement

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Intel pull plug on their OLPC support

Intel pull plug on their OLPC support

The main challenge for the OLPC team was meant to be finding enough orders for their developing-nation laptops, but ructions between them and their hardware partners may be an even bigger struggle.  Intel, who have both sat on the OLPC board and were possibly set to provide the processor for the PC, have resigned their position and withdrawn all technical and financial support after OLPC asked them to cease promoting rival low-cost laptops.

"OLPC had asked Intel to end our support for non-OLPC platforms, including the Classmate PC, and to focus on the OLPC platform exclusively.  At the end of the day, we decided we couldn't accommodate that request" Chuck Molly, Intel Spokesman

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Hacao Classmate PC lands in Vietnam

Hacao Classmate PC lands in Vietnam

With a 7” screen, its own version of Linux, 1GB of flash storage, a 900MHz processor and 256MB of RAM it has landed in Vietnam for the low, low price of $250, if you are a student. The screen has an 800x480 resolution and the system has a 400MHz bus, I also left out the 802.11b/g WiFi that is stuffed in there somewhere.

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OLPC went on sale for public consumers – Give one get one

OLPC went on sale for public consumers – Give one get one

OLPC is available for the US and Canada public starting today. For $399, the customer will receive two OLPC, one for the customer and one for a child in the developing country. Customer will also receive one year of free Wi-Fi access.

The OLPC availability is limited, the sale will start on 12th of November and ends on 26th of November. I know you can get Asus Eee for the same price; however buying OLPC also helps a child in developing countries.

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T-Mobile offering free year of HotSpot service to OLPC buyers

T-Mobile offering free year of HotSpot service to OLPC buyers

Few people will argue the fact that the OLPC project is one with noble intentions. Sure, you could say that the money could be better spent on feeding the hungry, but educating the children of third world countries is also necessary for their survival. Unfortunately, many people are going to look at the steep $400 price tag and wonder if it is worth paying.

Yes, the fact that you payed twice as much for a laptop to ensure that a child in some third world country gets one should make you feel all fuzzy inside and make it all worth while. Unfortunately, not everyone thinks that way, and they need a little more initiative to make the donation. Thankfully, T-Mobile has stepped up and made it more than worth your while.

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XO, OLPC, $100 laptop, whatever you call it, the first 100k of them have been sold

XO, OLPC, $100 laptop, whatever you call it, the first 100k of them have been sold

So many names, so few actual orders, as I understand it, the actual machine is called the XO, the OLPC is that name of the initiative behind it, and stands for One Laptop Per Child. The $100 laptop was a thing of the past back when they thought they could get it done for that price, now it’s a lot closer to $188.

Anyways, NickNeg has learned a lot about how things actually work in the business world and has learned the hardware that money talks and BS runs marathons. Sure, there were several countries that he shook hands with their heads and leaders saying they were going to buy a bunch of his laptops, but Uruguay is the first to actually hand over the dough.

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Chinese production ‘bugs’ delay first shipment of OLPC laptops

Chinese production ‘bugs’ delay first shipment of OLPC laptops

Thanks to production delays that have seen a scheduled October start pushed back to November 12th, the OLPC "XO-1" laptop - previously known as the $100 laptop, but the price of which crept up t $188 at the last count - will not begin to deliver until December at the earliest. Blamed on "last-minute bugs", the hold up has cast doubts on whether One Laptop Per Child will be able to fulfil Christmas orders both to Peru, Uruguay and South America, as well as to the North America and Canada customers who will be able to pre-order the machine as part of the company's "Give 1 Get 1" scheme.

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