Posted May 16, 2008 17:01 UTC (Fri) by johnny (guest, #10110)
Parent article: OLPC and Microsoft
I think the best part of the "original" version of the machine was that it simply wasn't
compatible with PC games and that it didn't encourage kids to waste time looking for pirated
software instead of learning.
As adults, we take for granted that choice is a good thing - and it is, but remember that we
don't allow our children that freedom. We tell them what to eat, when to go to sleep, and so
on - because we know that if we don't, if we give them the freedom to do whatever they want,
the average kid will probably always take the easy way out and do what's most fun, not what's
Basing the machine on Linux, and even slapping a non-standard interface on top (Sugar), makes
sure that most kids who receive it don't immediately fire up Word of Warcraft and then stay
there. Instead, they are encouraged to play educational non-violent games, and play with other
instructional parts of the system (including the source code for older kids).
My fear is that with a Windows version, most kids will regard the machine as something to run
games and perhaps watch youtube on, and also make prioritize learning how to obtain pirated
software. I sure would have, if I was a kid.