In a stunning about face, it seems that Microsoft is attempting to install Microsoft Windows on the OLPC XO. Yes, you read that right. The very Microsoft whose chairman Bill Gates once said of the One Laptop Per Child idea:
"geez, get a decent computer where you can actually read the text and you're not sitting there cranking the thing while you're trying to type."Now it seems he has his minions trying to crank the Windows bloatware down from its 1.5Gb of over-typed code to fit on the svelte 512Mb of built in Flash memory on the OLPC $208 or $972 dollar laptops.
Silicon Valley Sleuth first teased us with the idea on Saturday with its report of Nicholas Negroponte's speech at NetEvents 2006:
Although the machine is preinstalled with Linux but this doesn't mean that you can't run Windows on the machine, Negroponte said. " We put in an SD slot just for Bill," he quipped.And now Vnunet has an entire article on how Microsoft is looking to run Windows on OLPC which makes me shudder. I don't know about you, but I couldn't think of a worse misappropriation of the Children's Machine than to make it yet another Windows clone.
Negroponte also confirmed that there are currently machines at Microsoft that were being prepped for Windows. But he also revealed that Microsoft was having a "genuine issue" with open source and that the Redmond giant was "struggling with it."
No matter what you think about the Sugar UI usability, you have to agree that it's a beautifully thin operating system, Spartan and yet fully functional, and along with the smoking hot dual mode screen and speedy suspend/resume, a great leap in computer technology.