Laptop Irony

by chromatic

From Christopher Blizzard on one laptop per child and open source:

For once Microsoft is getting the reverse Linux laptop experience: little support and little documentation for the hardware. The result will be a platform that doesn't include any of the really novel features that we're building in, bad power management, no systems management via the firmware and apps that will randomly crash because they can't fix the virtual memory problem in the same way we're approaching it. A second class citizen, to be sure.


Roy Schestowitz
2007-05-05 05:49:40
It happens when the OLPC unit is built 'hand in glove' with GNU/Linux. Now the glove is on the other hand. Or was it shoe on one's foot? ;-)
Richard Chapman
2007-05-05 08:47:39
The shoe can't be on the other foot because Microsoft shot themselves in that foot. You can take your pick of any one of their past marketing ploys, those are the bullets. Their vast wealth, that's the gun. And the sweat meister himself, Steve Ballmer, pulled the trigger.

But you're right. If they did have another foot to put the shoe on, it certainly would be on it.

Roy Schestowitz
2007-05-05 18:25:53
Rest assued, they will not go down without a slimy fight.

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| I sincerely hope that no matter what the people who are running the
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| "Microsoft's strategy of getting developing nations hooked on its
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| Specifically, Bill Gates, citing China as an example, said:
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