Are you one of the
fools people who like the Windows operating system on your current computer? And are you be hoping for a Windows XP experience on One Laptop Per Child's revolution in computing, the XO laptop?
I am happy to disappoint you with news from both OLPC and Microsoft.
First off, OLPC has updated its FAQ with this emphatic "No":
Can I load Microsoft Windows onto the XO laptop?Better yet, we have word from Microsoft on its progress in squeezing its
No. The XO laptop features the Linux operating system and includes software specifically designed for children and the XO. However, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint documents can be opened on the XO laptop. Additionally, there are thousands of developers around the world currently creating software and content for the XO. For more information, visit http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Activities.
For starters, we are hard at work on the project here, and we are using an approach that is a little unusual for Microsoft in that we are managing the entire process of adapting and testing an existing version of Windows for a new PC. Usually the hardware vendor does this. And the Windows port to the XO is by no means done.Now why is it taking the Redmond wizards that long to
Between Microsoft employees and third party contractors that we have brought into the effort, we have over 40 engineers working full-time on the port. We started the project around the beginning of the year and think it will be mid-2008 at the earliest before we could have a production-quality release.
- Microsoft is challenged by the "design work to get Windows and Office to work reliably and with good performance using only 2 GB of storage."
- Microsoft has to write ten new drivers for Windows to support "wireless networking, camera, graphics processor, audio system, and the various user input devices (game pad, writing pad, touch pad, directional pad, and mouse pad.)"
- Microsoft isn't used to working with "a small group of people doing an amazing amount of innovative design work in a short period of time."
If you can't tell by now, I don't share James' vision of an XO future:
And frankly, nothing would please us more than seeing hundreds of thousands of these XO computers that are now starting to be deployed all running Windows given the very high interest that has been expressed in the market for it.Frankly, I think that's a nightmare and I respectfully hope Windows XP on the XO doesn't happen.
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