First Windows XP OLPC Pilot Marks the Transition From the Sugar UI

Today the government of Peru, Microsoft and the OLPC announced the first official pilot of XO laptops running Microsoft Windows. This was expected of course » 9/15/08 4:59pm 9/15/08 4:59pm, but it marks the beginning of a major shift away from Sugar / Linux—although both will remain as for the foreseeable future. It also represents a who stand to…

OLPC Founder Negroponte Wanted to Make Multitouch XO-2 Laptop 20 Years Ago

Long before the XO Laptop climbed over $100 and OLPC's name was sullied by infighting (and then redeemed by its dual multi-touchscreen XO2 concept) OLPC founder Nick Negroponte was preaching the gospel of ten-finger multi-touch over the "mouse on Macintosh," which sounds profoundly clunky compared to his… » 6/02/08 5:40pm 6/02/08 5:40pm

OLPC XO Laptop's Sugar OS Being Shopped to Four Other Laptop-Makers

Even though the XO Laptop's Sugar-coated OS wasn't exactly the most vaunted aspect of the attempted laptop-for-all, following Windows XP's invasion of the project, former OLPC exec Walter Bender's newly formed Sugar Labs is shopping Sugar around. They're in talks with at least four "ultra low-cost" notebook makers who… » 5/23/08 1:00pm 5/23/08 1:00pm

OLPC XO Laptop 2.0 Has Dual Touchscreens, Looks Amazing and Future-y

At OLPC's Global Country workshop today, founder Nick Negroponte unveiled the next-gen XO Laptop, and it totally blows the original away. About half the XO 1.0's size and more like a foldable book, it does away with the keyboard and trackpad to go totally touchscreen—that's right, dual touchscreens, straight out of… » 5/20/08 12:22pm 5/20/08 12:22pm

Microsoft Offers Mega-Discount on WinXP to Low-Cost Laptop Makers

Ultra low-cost PCs such as OLPC's XO laptop could end up bundled with copies of Windows OS after all, if Microsoft's most recent scheme to grab market share works. The company is giving computer manufacturers Windows XP Home Edition at a steep discount to put on ULPCs, in hopes of luring them away from Linux. » 5/10/08 7:00pm 5/10/08 7:00pm

OLPC Planning and Praying for $50 Laptop

In a chat with Laptop Mag about the booming ultra-cheap, ultra-portable laptop market, blustery and beleaguered OLPC founder Nick Negroponte actually manages to keep his cool while dissing his rivals—a laudable feat—and drops a couple of interesting bits: OLPC is still on a trajectory toward a $50 laptop, and they're… » 4/08/08 5:00pm 4/08/08 5:00pm

OLPC Woes Never End: Shoddy Record-Keeping Delaying Shipments

OLPC was supposed to be a beacon of hope and gleaming digital light for children all around the developing world. Lately, it's been more like a dirty, busted street lamp. Now it's coming out that they can't even get laptops to the people actually paying for them—particularly if they used PayPal—due to crappy… » 1/25/08 11:55am 1/25/08 11:55am

OLPC Is F'd: Defected XO Laptop Designer Plans New $75 Laptop

Mary Lou Jepsen, the XO laptop's designer and OLPC's CTO, split from the project a little over a week ago to "commercialize" some of the tech she developed for the project—the display in particular—through a for-profit venture, Pixel-Qi. Probable result: a new generation of OLPC competitors from commercial outfits.… » 1/10/08 3:31pm 1/10/08 3:31pm

OLPC Slaps Back at Intel: "You Have No Heart and Don't Care About the Children"

Last night, Intel pulled out of OLPC, citing founder Nicholas Negroponte's serious jealousy issues with other low-cost computers stealing XO's thunder in more ways than one. Today, OLPC slaps back, claws out: "We're totally better off without you since it was all for show and you never really loved us (or the kids) in… » 1/04/08 1:25pm 1/04/08 1:25pm

Video Unboxing and Walkthrough of the OLPC XO Laptop

This video's painful to watch at moments, because this couple is about the most indecisive pair of people on earth, like when they epically struggle to name the laptop. But you do get to see everything you get in the XO's box, like a letter from Nicholas Negroponte, presumably thanking you for your charity (to the… » 12/21/07 2:20am 12/21/07 2:20am

Intel Classmate Reviewed (Verdict: OLPC Killer)

While we haven't seen anywhere near the kind of buzz in geek circles for Intel's Classmate, it played a prominent, crushing role in the WSJ's slaughterfest OLPC article a couple weeks ago, since it's been picked up by Libya, Nigeria and Pakistan over the XO Laptop, in large part because it runs Windows and Office and… » 12/14/07 5:10pm 12/14/07 5:10pm

OLPC XO Laptop's Interface Not So Intuitive?

Another entry in the swelling mound of reports that the XO Laptop isn't so noob-friendly after all—people needing help getting 'em going doesn't spell "sweet" on the ease-of-use front. This guy saw them on 60 Minutes, thought it'd be cool for his wife and kids, but he can't get the internets working on it and is… » 12/13/07 6:30pm 12/13/07 6:30pm

Chubby Casually Racist Harry Potter Look-Alike Reviews OLPC XO Laptop

While American children aren't so enthralled with the XO Laptop, it quite strikes the fancy of this chubby 8-year-old British boy with a squealing, girly giggle. Not only does it all do all of the things a regular computer can do, you can "chat to other people over in Nigeria." See, his dad brought it to him "from… » 12/12/07 2:30pm 12/12/07 2:30pm

Microsoft's Special Windows XP for OLPC Runs Directly off of an SD Card

Addressing one of the major reasons OLPC's XO Laptop is being shunned by some countries—the lack of a Windows operating system—Microsoft is developing a version of Windows XP and Office that's run directly off of a 2GB SD card. (They convinced OLPC to add an SD slot to the mobo for this very project.) It'll be… » 12/05/07 9:15pm 12/05/07 9:15pm

Nigerian Keyboard Company Suing OLPC for Patent Infringement

So this OLPC thing, it's not exactly everything it was supposed to be. It's being outsold by competitors and is falling far, far short of its initial goals. And now, to add insult and injury to what was previously only injury, a Nigerian company is suing the OLPC for patent infringement. That's a kick in the pants. An… » 11/28/07 1:15pm 11/28/07 1:15pm

Cheap Laptop Deathmatch: OLPC XO Laptop Vs. Asus Eee PC

OLPC's XO Laptop and Asus's Eee PC have been bloody rivals in people's minds, whether or not the totally comparison's fair. The Eee's well-reviewed and popular, while XO's target audience has poo-pooed on it and the WSJ has laid out how it's being murdered by competition. Nonetheless, Laptop Mag aims to settle a… » 11/27/07 8:15pm 11/27/07 8:15pm

Why and How OLPC Got Reamed: Negroponte's Dreams Stolen and Crushed

The WSJ basically pulverizes the OLPC project in an exquisitely detailed piece laying out its trials and tribulations. Its thesis is that the idea—cheap laptops for everyone—is so damn good that everyone else built their own uber-cheap laptops, thrusting OLPC into cutthroat competition. Result? Countries and school… » 11/26/07 4:15pm 11/26/07 4:15pm