SugarLabs in talks with low-cost PC makers

SugarLabs in talks with low-cost PC makers

Summary: OLPC's embrace of Windows has opened the door for other manufacturers to consider the innovative Sugar interface. OLPC software boss Walter Bender left the organization last week in conjunction with the announcement that the XO would dual boot Windows and Sugar.

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OLPC's embrace of Windows has opened the door for other manufacturers to consider the innovative Sugar interface. OLPC software boss Walter Bender left the organization last week in conjunction with the announcement that the XO would dual boot Windows and Sugar. Bender says he's talking to four low-cost computer makers informally since the incorporation process isn't even complete. But he confirmed he is talking to Pixel Qi, which Mary Lou Jepsen formed after leaving as OLPC CTO. And he would like to speak with Intel.

"The goal [now] is to make the Sugar [software] platform agnostic to whatever extent possible, so that Sugar doesn't have to be coupled to any single vendor's hardware. We plan to work with everyone," Bender told BetaNews.

Topics: Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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  • This is all very positive! Now, ANY vendor can mix and match

    the Sugar and other parts of the OLPC hardware design. This will breath new life into one-to-one computing, and make it so that it does not all depend on one organization. And the two most important parts - the display technology, and the OS, are now independent organizations serving all vendors.
    DonnieBoy
  • The Sugar interface is very good - for kids

    i have been reading the OLPC news and it appears Egypt and other African countries will only invest if the laptop can run winXP. However the kids used Sugar immediately but needed help with the Linux\WinXP interfaces.

    Government funding is required to start this immense project (20-80 billion dollars) and so the OLPC laptop will have to support dual-boot - WinXP to get the investment - Sugar for the kids.



    Such a good project, good idea
    bcarpent1228@...
  • RE: SugarLabs in talks with low-cost PC makers

    It should always have been about CHOICE. Frankly, I think it is silly to argue about whether one interface or the other is better for kids. The fact is that kids can learn to use whatever tools are placed in front of them. It's the adults who get into trouble by taking a 'religious' stance regarding OS, interface, etc.
    M Wagner
    • Man, what a loser, you are an embarrassment to ZDNet. Not sure why they let

      you post. This was about the stupidest post of all. Like you can NOT design an interface that is specifically good for kids????
      DonnieBoy