If you want skip the XP on the XO debate and really see what Microsoft has accomplished check out this video of Unlimited Potential's Bohdan Raciborski showing off Windows XO.Microsoft's James Utzschneider has this to say about the XP on XO effort and results:
It is the same basic Windows XP implementation that runs on the Intel Class Mate, ASUS eeePC, and other products in this emerging class of ultra low cost laptop PCs. As I have posted earlier, we had to write multiple custom drivers and a BIOS to get Windows to boot from an SD card in order to do the Windows port to the XO.After watching the video, what do you have to say?
This is the initial implementation customers will be able purchase when the product RTMs and will be a "Windows only" XO that Nicholas Negroponte himself has described as running "really fast." Customers can also choose to buy the existing Linux/Sugar XO.
Longer term, the OLPC plans to write a new BIOS and increase the amount of flash storage on the XO to support a "Dual Boot" option that would enable children to use either Linux or Windows on the same machine. This is fine with us as long there continues to be an excellent Windows experience on the XO.
Wait, re-read that comment from James, like I just did. Right now, it's a Windows Only XO laptop!
The concept of a dual Windows and Linux boot on the XO laptop is just that - a concept. Microsoft and OLPC will be testing Windows-only XO's in next month's limited trials in four or five countries, no dual-boot to be found. That brings up a $7 per XO laptop in additional cost, question:
Will the XO laptop ever be a dual boot machine or did Nicholas Negroponte just waste two years of Open Source community's efforts?