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MeeGo becomes Tizen - maybe

MeeGo becomes Tizen - maybe

Posted Oct 13, 2011 22:12 UTC (Thu) by cmccabe (guest, #60281)
In reply to: MeeGo becomes Tizen - maybe by dlang
Parent article: MeeGo becomes Tizen - maybe

I think a lot of the stuff that OLPC did would have worked well as research projects in an academic setting. The mesh networking stuff, for example, or a lot of the concepts that got included in the Sugar user interface. The problem is that they didn't treat these projects as research projects; they treated them as routine tasks, and then were surprised when some of them didn't pan out or took longer than expected-- as research often does. Eventually they started shipping Windows XP, as if open source were somehow the problem, rather than their crazy-go-nuts approach to product design.

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MeeGo becomes Tizen - maybe

Posted Oct 13, 2011 23:25 UTC (Thu) by dlang (subscriber, #313) [Link]

OLPC has never shipped windows on a laptop.

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.

MeeGo becomes Tizen - maybe

Posted Oct 15, 2011 20:02 UTC (Sat) by cmccabe (guest, #60281) [Link]

Searching for "dual boot olpc" brings up a blizzard of articles from 2008 and 2009 suggesting that OLPC is going to be shipping a dual-boot Windows / Linux laptop Real Soon Now. However, if you say that it never actually shipped, then I'll take your word for it. I know a lot of plans changed over the course of the project.

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.

MeeGo becomes Tizen - maybe

Posted Oct 15, 2011 21:29 UTC (Sat) by dlang (subscriber, #313) [Link]

there were a lot of articles that claimed that OLPC would be shipping windows, but if you look at the stuff that OLPC actually said, they just said they were adding support for it. it is the various article authors who made the jump into assuming that they would ship windows.

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

MeeGo becomes Tizen - maybe

Posted Oct 16, 2011 7:54 UTC (Sun) by anselm (subscriber, #2796) [Link]

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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