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    Post by myke on Fri May 16, 2008 6:36 pm

    Look out, were gonna have a load of 12 year old script kiddies and a few " woolly mammoths "just recently thawed out and released from an iceberg " due to global warming " invading the forum looking for free prawn and pinching our well earned prizes.
    ....yeah ok, probably not the the woolly mammoths. scratch
    but....
    Microsoft has joined forces with the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project in a bid to provide inexpensive portable PCs to schoolchildren in developing countries. The announcement means that the XO notebook will run Windows as well as the OLPC’s home grown Linux-based operating system. OLPC will be hoping that the partnership with Microsoft will help kick-start demand from education ministers for its XO laptop, which has thus far received orders for just 600,000 systems. The project has also struggled to drive down the price of its laptop to the highly publicised $100 mark; the current version is priced at $188.
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    Post by [xero] on Fri May 16, 2008 10:39 pm

    Hmm... Can't be full-blown Windows XP, it won't handle it with the hardware going in if its only gonna be 'bout £90... Must be Windows CE. Heh, man that would suck to be using one of them!
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    Post by myke on Sat May 17, 2008 3:14 pm

    nah, dont think there the full windows or linux, i'm sure i read somewhere about them having the basic versions of windows summit or linux summit.
    cant remember what the summit was though.. Laughing
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    Post by myke on Fri May 23, 2008 5:15 pm


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    The wraps have been taken off the new version of the XO laptop designed for schoolchildren in developing countries. The revamped machine created by the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project looks like an e-book and has had its price slashed to $75 per device. OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte gave a glimpse of the “book like” device at an unveiling event at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The first XO2 machines should be ready to deliver to children in 2010. Mr Negroponte said he hoped the design would also be used by other manufacturers. The new version loses the green rubbery keyboard, sporting instead a single square display hinged at its centre. This allows the device to be split into two touch screens that can either mimic a laptop with keyboard or the pages of a book. The idea is for several children to use the device at once, combining the functions of a laptop, electronic book and electronic board.
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    The new machine will also be more energy efficient, half the size of the first generation device and lighter to carry. “The XO2 will be a bit of a Trojan horse,” said Prof Negroponte. Initially it will be promoted as an e-book reader with the capacity to store more than 500 e-books. The launch of the XO2 is being seen as an effort by OLPC to revitalise adoption of its machines. Initially, Prof Negroponte set a target of selling 100 million machines by 2008. So far OLPC has only sold about 600,000 machines. Prof Negroponte said he expected a further 400,000 orders in the next “60 to 90 days”. Many countries have been reluctant to buy the machines because they did not run Microsoft’s Windows operating system. In mid-May OLPC announced a deal with Microsoft to make Windows available on the XO machine. Previously the machines used a version of open source Linux operating system.

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    Post by jasonp on Sun May 25, 2008 10:26 pm

    wow that looks a neat laptop ^^ id buy one

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