OLPC to get Windows as well as Linux

Posted on Saturday, Dec 09 2006 @ 18:00 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Microsoft wants to make its Windows operating system available for the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) notebook computers, says OLPC chairman Nicholas Negroponte.
"I have known [Microsoft chairman] Bill Gates his entire adult life. We talk, we meet one-on-one, we discuss this project," said Negroponte, vnunet.com can reveal.

"We put in an SD slot in the machine just for Bill. We didn't need it but the OLPC machines are at Microsoft right now, getting Windows put on them."

The SD slots allow users to add additional storage capacity to the laptops. Additional memory would be required for Windows to run on the current OLPC XO test models because they ship with only 512Mb of built in Flash memory.

The system requirements for Windows XP demand a minimum of 1.5Gb of storage space for both the Home and low cost Starter Edition that Microsoft targets at developing nations.


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