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OLPC Moves Spark Comments

Apr 24, 2008, 00:00 (1 Talkback[s])

Open Source Initiative: Damn Disheartening News from OLPC

"The subtitle of this Computer World report quotes Nicholas Negroponte as saying that insitence on Open Source scares people away.

"Boggle.

"I believe that without open source, the fundamental purpose of OLPC will fail, because it will create another generation of slaves to proprietary technologies and corporate largesse. In other words, it will perpetuate the status quo, rather than rearrange it..."

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ZDNet: The Truth About Desktops and Laptops

"The failure of One Laptop Per Child (and it is a failure) to mass market its $100 Linux laptops made me realize something important about that market.

"There is something cheaper than free. It's called subsidized, bundled, marketed and supported..."

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ZDNet Education: Trouble at OLPC? That's OK, They Started the Revolution

"Quite frankly, though, I can't help but think that all of this is OK. After all, the entire movement towards low-cost, realistic 1:1 computing began with OLPC. They started it. Good for them. Whether or not I agree with everything that Negroponte brings to the table, he and OLPC deserve huge kudos for driving these efforts and creating a market where competition is beginning to flourish..."

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