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OLPC: It's About the Kids, Not Open Source

Apr 25, 2008, 00:00 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"People have been in a tizzy over recent executive changes at the OLPC (One Laptop per Child) project, but its founder, Nicholas Negroponte, in an e-mail to the group's members on April 23rd wrote, 'As we reach out to engage a wider community, some purism has to morph into pragmatism.'

"Things started heating up at OLPC when Walter Bender, the former president of software and content, was first moved to the job of director of deployment. This was seen by some, such as OLPC Director of Security Ivan Krsti, as a demotion. Because of this, and what Krsti saw, as he described in his blog as 'a drastic internal restructuring coupled with what, despite official claims to the contrary, is a radical change in its goals and vision,' Krsti resigned from OLPC in mid-March..."

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