Microsoft finalizes Windows XP for OLPC laptops

Microsoft finalizes Windows XP for OLPC laptops

Summary: Microsoft has internally released to manufacturing the version of Windows XP that it has tweaked to run on the One Laptop Per Child XO computer.

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Microsoft has internally released to manufacturing the version of Windows XP that it has tweaked to run on the One Laptop Per Child XO computer.

As James Utzschneider, General Manager of Marketing and Communications for the Unlimited Potential Group, announced on his blog on July 24:

"Windows on the XO looks like it is on track for availability in these types of national educational PC deals in September. We still have no plans to make Windows available for individuals who bought an XO in the Give 1 Get 1 program though."

The "national educational PC deal" to which Utzschneider seemingly is referring is a deal between Intel and Mexican business magnate Carlos Slim to provide 50,000 Intel Classmate Netbooks running Windows and Office to poor students in Mexico.

Microsoft didn't officially acknowledge that the company was working on a port of XP for the OLPC laptop until May 2008. Prior to that time, however, OLPC officials had said that such a port was in the works. Microsoft, for its part, continued to say it was testing whether it could get XP to run properly on XOs.

On May 15, Microsoft and the OLPC announced they were going to deliver Windows on XO machines, which previously were slated to run Linux only. That announcement led to complaints by Linux backers and resignations of some OLPC officials.

Back in May, Microsoft and the OLPC said to expect the offering to be released to manufacturing in August or September and to be available initially only in "emerging market countries where governments or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are subsidizing the purchase of a large number of PCs for students." The pair noted at that time there was a "possibility of making this (XO on OLPC) available for other customers through a broader set of channels at a later point in time.”

Topics: Windows, Laptops, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • just think

    now instead of being stuck in a little puddle they can go out there and swim in the ocean of windows applications like the rest of us - a zillion kids just smiled


    linuxhelp.net:~# apt-get install mozilla-firefox
    Reading Package Lists... Done
    Building Dependency Tree... Done
    The following extra packages will be installed:
    libatk1.0-0 libgtk2.0-0 libgtk2.0-bin libgtk2.0-common libidl0 libpango1.0-0
    libpango1.0-common libxcursor1 libxft2
    Suggested packages:
    ttf-kochi-gothic ttf-kochi-mincho ttf-thryomanes ttf-baekmuk
    ttf-arphic-gbsn00lp ttf-arphic-bsmi00lp ttf-arphic-gkai00mp
    ttf-arphic-bkai00mp mozilla-firefox-gnome-support latex-xft-fonts
    xprt-xprintorg
    Recommended packages:
    libatk1.0-data x-ttcidfont-conf
    The following NEW packages will be installed:
    libatk1.0-0 libgtk2.0-0 libgtk2.0-bin libgtk2.0-common libidl0 libpango1.0-0
    libpango1.0-common libxcursor1 libxft2 mozilla-firefox
    0 upgraded, 10 newly installed, 0 to remove and 7 not upgraded.
    Need to get 14.9MB of archives.
    After unpacking 43.1MB of additional disk space will be used.
    Do you want to continue? [Y/n]
    eggmanbubbagee
    • true in the flat earth's flat ocean

      I guess flat earth technology is good enough for the under privileged
      kpthottam
    • Your email highlights the issue

      It's like listing off DLL names to Sally Secretary.

      People see a listing sample like yours, and their eyes glaze over. YOu are not doing Linux any favors.

      The command should really work like this:

      :apt-get install mozilla-firefox

      Reading Package Lists... Done
      Building Dependency Tree... Done
      Installation will require 43.1 MB.
      Continue [Y/n] Y
      Installing Supplimentary Packages... Done
      Initializing default configuration... Done
      Installation to /...... succeeded.
      An icon has been placed on your desktop.
      A detailed install log is located at /.....
      Installation complete.



      Why is it so difficult for the Linux community to make something designed for the end-user instead of for the basement geek who is gleefully watching his screen to see the latest libxcursor library get installed?

      It's not complicated stuff increase Linux market share.
      croberts
      • No, it doesn't highlight any issue

        [i]Why is it so difficult for the Linux community to make something designed for the end-user instead of for the basement geek who is gleefully watching his screen to see the latest libxcursor library get installed?[/i]

        I'm not sure why you would see his post and believe that there is no GUI alternative and that the GUI method wouldn't be the default. 99% of app installs are done with an easy to use GUI, easier than Windows, easier than OS X.
        NonZealot
      • It would help...

        ...if some of you actually used Linux before talking about it. First off cares what the CLI says after you start it because once you agree you can go do something else...it runs on its own. Second for those of you that hate to see the CLI why do you not use the very simple GUI thats right there in the Applications menu?

        Oh you've actually never done either? Now I understand.
        storm14k
      • Message has been deleted.

        Linux User 147560
    • Message has been deleted.

      Linux User 147560
      • I use synaptic BTW

        I admit a little tomfuddery in my initial post (which was in response to another post which seems to be deleted). Yes, if your desired app is in the package you are OK. Heaven help you if not. At least I didn't show someone fumbling around with whether the command was app get, apt get apt-get and if they had to first type su or is it sudo, I can never remember

        There was no help in the package manager for getting my monitor to run in native rez though, that took hours of searching the net.
        eggmanbubbagee
        • What does this have to do...

          ...with Sugar? Have you ever used it? Do the words "pre-configured" mean anything to you?
          AndyCee
    • Poor kids...

      God bless them when they get a virus, malware, trojan or spyware infection. Too bad they couldn't have gotten a Mac instead. If they had, they would have at least gotten something that was stable, easy and impervious to the vulnerabilities inherent with Windows. And if Apple threw in iWork '08, the kids would have been able to do some very cool things. Poor kids, poor poor little kids.
      gtdworak
      • Thanks for the bit of humor ....sorely needed here

        Hey, you forgot there was more. If they got the apple they could use bootcamp or get parallels and load XP and Vista like the rest of the mac world. Yeah...yeah and they could keep osx just in case they decide to go into desktop publishing someday or want to edit their tons of video these kids have surely been shooting all this time. <br>
        then, when it overheats and explodes into fire, they can cook their dinner over it....
        xuniL_z
        • as if

          Steve would sell his precious OS for a nominal fee for use on equipment he didn't build and sell for an obscene margin - yea, right
          eggmanbubbagee
      • Wanna make this poor kids even poorer ?

        "Too bad they couldn't have gotten a Mac instead"

        And how them or their governement would manage to buy Mac ?
        Do you really think that sir Jobs will enable its precious Mac OS X to run on cheaper/other hardware than Mac and risk to degrade the "Mac experience" ?

        For the aimed target, i think that Linux loaded netbooks/OLPC are the best solutions.
        Neither is Windows loaded netbooks/OLPC or Mac.
        timiteh
        • Yea, the mac is silly for them, but MS will practically give them windows

          At a price commensurate with what they can pay. Just like the hardware it will run on. And Windows is already the OS of choice in pretty much every part of the world outside of silicon valley, particularly in the parts of the world in question where it IS the computer - this is what they know and want and the fact that giving them a choice to have it or not is going to ruin the utopic dreams of growing open source and crushing MS is irrelevant to THEM.
          eggmanbubbagee
  • XP never dies ? is this MS's way of never killing XP

    Well the world seems to be flat with XP being MS's OS contribution to the OLPC project.

    Wonder how the average Joe at home who is struggling with high prices will view a cheap laptop with XP vs a chunky machine with Vista?

    I see the explosion of UMPC with XP and linux in the consumer section.

    Microsoft's Flat earth ad will be great to watch but will not translate into actual sales in the market place.
    kpthottam
    • OLPC users..

      are Vistaster "upgrade" candidates.

      It will be a hardware bonanza!

      Then there will be anti-virus, anti-spyware and, don't
      forget, anti-crapware/bloatware opportunities.

      What MSFT has not been able to put over on more
      sophisticated users, it will attempt to put over on
      Indians, Brazilians, Chadians, etc.

      This opens up almost limitless opportunities to spread
      mediocrity around the world.

      Of course, when they understand how bad Redmond
      Bloatware is, they will look around for something
      better.

      In a sense, XP on OLPC is the farm team for Mac.
      Jeremy W
      • That was a very tasteless and bigoted remark!!

        <i>What MSFT has not been able to put over on more
        sophisticated users, it will attempt to put over on
        Indians, Brazilians, Chadians, etc.
        </i><br><br>
        What a jerk you are man. Go away and don't come back
        xuniL_z
        • farm team for mac?

          right, since the mac does so well outside the borders of the reality distortion field, where it has what, less than 2% share (or is it less than 1% out there?), XP already rules outside the US so putting it on OLPC is what they WANT and NEED! and what will insure MS dominance over the rest of the connected world and the new markets emerging, this way they have choice, Linux and Mac users like choice don't they?
          eggmanbubbagee
          • huh?

            i found his remark bigoted and elitist as he claimed all current countries using windows are more sophisticated than those he named. <br><br>
            Sure there are those in developing nations that may not have been fortunate enough for a formal education but that is true for millions of Americans. <br><br>
            I found his remarks very offensive and for such an ultra liberal site, I can't imagine most didn't find it at the least politically incorrect and let him know so. <br><br>
            This guy simply thinks since he's found Microsoft not to his liking (note he admits it took him 9 tries....nowadays it's 11...to come to such as conclusion. He's obviously never heard "fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. ) and he has license to fill every blog with his garbage that is sickening to everyone. He notes Zune, windows mobile (which still rules the mobile market) and a few other MS products as failures, but he never seems to note the Pippen (sold 40K worldwide and apple sold it for 6 years, cyberdog, the 2005 collaboration with motorola on their first phone that failed miserably..etc etc....or that MS provided Apple with it's development environments for 10 years and it's popular office suites to this day. <br><br>
            He loves to make windows and office as what everything is "tied to", as if subway doesn't tie everything to it's subs or halliburton everything to oil processing or Bayer to aspirin or Apple to the Mac and iPod or Linux to just a *kernel* or OSS to just a different business model that produces as many software failures as any proprietary vendor. <br><br>
            He ignores reality when it comes to his obsession and I've seen many others make posts about how he is filling these blogs full or garbage and he needs to just go away.
            xuniL_z
        • Sorry to disagree but..

          there are poor unsuspecting Congolese and Gabonese
          who are considered ripe for Redmond Bloat and "Wow!"

          No doubt there are "marketing managers" right now
          thinking about how they can foist false, deceptive and
          deceitful advertising on these people to separate them
          from their money and send then BSODs, viruses and
          spyware.

          If you doubt this, you should read the Discovery in the
          Seattle PI related to the Vista Class Action Lawsuit.

          It is clear that Redmond knew that its OS was junk and
          would cause harm to users but, you gotta make you
          quarterly sales numbers so ship out the SH!T!

          If the Redmond rat trap could do it in the USA, Europe,
          Japan. etc. do you doubt that it will not be able to foist
          its trash ware on unsuspecting Chadians?

          The developing world is, no doubt, considered ripe for
          the plundering by MSFT - a market unbloated and
          unplundered!
          Jeremy W