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Best Linux software for new users

For new users, I recommend the openSUSE-Edu Li-f-e(Linux for Education) Live DVD. You can get it at http://en.opensuse.org/Education/Live#Download. There are some screen shots here. This is a Live DVD - you simply place the DVD in the computer's DVD drive and reboot the machine from it. When the machine comes up, you will be running Linux. Normally, the software won't write to your computer's...

OLPC Sugar OS takes on a life of its own, will anybody care?

The OLPC team yesterday announced plans to load Windows XP on XO Laptops in a handful of countries in June as part of a limited trial. By September, Windows could be available to any developing nation placing orders for XO Laptops. And today, Walter Bender, the former president of software for the OLPC Foundation says the unique software interface that was designed for the XO Laptop will live on....

Could Windows XP get another stay of execution?

Come June, computer makers are supposed to stop offering Windows XP on prebuilt systems. Microsoft will continue to support the operating system for a while, but the goal is to phase XP out and phase Vista in. But Microsoft has already extended XP's lifetime due to widespread concerns over Windows Vista. CNet has an interesting article suggesting that Microsoft could give Windows XP another...

Microsoft: We are NOT working on a dual-boot XO laptop

You know how yesterday we brought you news that Microsoft and OLPC were working on a way to dual boot Windows and Linux on the XO laptop? Yeah, despite the fact that the news came right from OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte, it was nothing but lies. Or perhaps an exaggeration. Or a misunderstanding. Anyway, it wasn't quite accurate, at least according to Microsoft. Microsoft has released a...

OLPC to dual boot Linux and Windows

We've known for a while that the OLPC's XO laptop would be capable of running Windows XP and not just the stock Fedora-based Sugar OS. But we'd kind of figured that once XO laptops running Windows became available you'd have to purchase a unit with one operating system or the other. Now we're hearing that OLPC is working with Microsoft to develop a dual-boot system. There's not a lot of...

Intel's philosophical impasse - it's deep

Intel has decided to finally call it quits with the One Laptop Per Child non-profit project, due to (in their own words), a "philosophical impasse." It sounds deep and profound, doesn't it? Seems all along Intel was deeply committed to providing children low cost laptops in developing countries even though when OLPC was first launched it mocked the program and forecast its demise. Since those...

Microsoft to begin tests of Windows XP on the OLPC in January

Pretty soon you'll be able to run Windows on pretty much any PC you buy, no matter how small. Thanks to Boot Camp and Parallels you can run Windows on a Mac. And thanks to an aggressive push by Microsoft, you can run Windows on Asus's low-cost laptop the Eee PC (while the first units are shipping with Linux, they include instructions for loading Windows XP and Asus plans to sell units with XP...

Emulate the OLPC or Eee PC operating systems in Ubuntu

Say you're intensely curious about the stripped down, customized versions of Linux that are running on the tiny laptops like the Asus Eee PC or Nicholas Negroponte's OLPC project, but you don't feel like spending $400 to pick up a new toy that you might never use. As luck would have it, there are (relatively) easy ways to emulate both the OLPC's Sugar OS and the Eee PC's "easy mode" Xandros...

One Laptop Per Child - give one, get one

Beginning November 12, One Laptop Per Child will be offering a special twofer - when you spend $399, one laptop will be donated to a child in need in a developing country, and another one will be sent to your child. Of course, you could just spend $399 and have the laptops go to two children in developing countries where they have little access to education, or on the other hand, you could...

Design an education game for the OLPC

How do you get national governments to commit to ordering hundreds of thousands of your new low-cost computer for "educational" purposes? Put more games on it, of course. The One Laptop Per Child Project is hosting a "game jam" in Needham, Massachusetts from June 8th through the 10th. The goal is to get small teams of game designers together to create open source games that: Take advantage of...

OLPC could run Windows?

One Laptop Per Child founder Nicholas Negroponte revelaed this week that the $100 laptop will actually run about $175 -- and that it might be able to run Windows, not just Sugar OS, its customized version Linux. While Sugar OS is designed to make the machines as user-friendly as possible, Negroponte says developers have been working with Microsoft to ensure that the machines could also run...

Video : A look at Sugar, the interface for One Laptop Per Child

We've loaded up the recently released liveCD of Fedora Core 6 running the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) desktop, Sugar. This is a quick (4 minute) video run through of the Sugar interface, and the underpinnings that make the OLPC possible....

LiveCD released with OLPC's Sugar OS

Sure, the computer formerly known as the $100 laptop or the OLPC may not be available at Best Buy anytime soon. But that doesn't mean you can't try out its innovative operating system yourself. Some folks over at Digg have posted several links to LiveCDs that will let you run the Sugar operating system on a PC. For the uninitiated, a LiveCD is a Linux CD that you insert into your disc drive in...

OLPC to be sold to the public?

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative is planning to ship nearly 5 million XO model PCs this summer to mostly third world countries. There are rumors floating about that the OLPC folks may offer the laptops for sale to the public as well. Consumers would be able to buy the laptops in pairs, and only receive one of them, with the other one going to a child in a third world country. Sure it is...

Opera: It's everywhere you want to be (but can't)

It's a busy week for the folks over at Opera. Not only did version 9.10 of the browser come out, but it turns out that Opera for the Nintendo Wii will be available for download on Friday, and we now have confirmation that Opera runs on the OLPC. Although Nicholas Negroponte and friends apparently don't want to include Opera standard on the OLPC because it's not open-source (although it does use...