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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

One Laptop Per Child - Fedora devs keeping OLPC sweet with Sugar - InternetNews:The Blog - Sean Michael Kerner

I remember this Project, One Laptop Per Child and had wondered what
happened to it. Was or could still be a great thing....

Fedora devs keeping OLPC sweet with Sugar
By Sean Michael Kerner on December 7, 2009 9:32 AM
From the 'Green Tech' files:

TORONTO. Remember the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project?

I sure do. Back in 2006, I remember very well watching Nicholas
Negroponte take the stage at LinuxWorld to pitch the effort.

The effort was supposed to be provide a Linux based operating system and
easy desktop environment for children around the world. The Linux used
ended up being Red Hat's community led Fedora distribution with a user
interface known as Sugar. The actual OLPC hardware is known as the XO.

At the FUDcon Fedora conference held in Toronto (and wrapping up today),
I sat in on a key session where software developer Steve Parish (pic
above, credit: Sean M. Kerner) explained one of his key goals in working
on the Sugar interface.

"My biggest goal is to make sure the first gen XOs don't end up in
landfills, Parish said. "I want to make sure they stay current and we
get as much life as we can out of the platform."

I thought that statement was astounding. Here we are with an effort
trying to help the world's children and there is a legitimate concern
that the platform (or at least the first gen) could end up as garbage.

Read more and check out the comment by Sum Yung Gai... The problem came
when Microsoft saw the implications, got scared to death of the idea...


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