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.