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LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 16, 2013
A look at the PyPy 2.0 release
PostgreSQL 9.3 beta: Federated databases and more
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(Nearly) full tickless operation in 3.10
Much, much more fuctional for whom?
MeeGo becomes Tizen - maybe
Posted Oct 12, 2011 23:44 UTC (Wed) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
the software shipped with the OLPC was so limited and buggy that it didn't work very well for anyone, including children.
Posted Oct 13, 2011 22:12 UTC (Thu) by cmccabe (guest, #60281)
Posted Oct 13, 2011 23:25 UTC (Thu) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
they allowed Microsoft to pay them to make windows able to run on the laptop (and the same work helped make it easier to run a standard linux distro on the laptop), but that is not nearly the same thing.
Posted Oct 15, 2011 20:02 UTC (Sat) by cmccabe (guest, #60281)
I just think it's sad that OLPC didn't really take advantage of one of the main strengths of open source software-- the ability to build off of an existing codebase. Also, some of the comments Negroponte made about "open source fundamentalism" rubbed me the wrong way.
Posted Oct 15, 2011 21:29 UTC (Sat) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
I am also very disappointed with what OLPC did in terms of 'not invented here' and their choice of software to ship, but there's enough misinformation floating around about them having switched to windows that I make it a point to correct that when I see it posted in new comments
Posted Oct 16, 2011 7:54 UTC (Sun) by anselm (subscriber, #2796)
They did for the most part build on an existing code base Linux. The new UI on top was one of the more interesting research aspects of the project. The OLPC project tried to produce a system that would be useful to school kids, who would likely have been as unhappy with the then-current incarnations of GNOME or KDE as they would have been with Windows.
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