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 4:59pm9/15/08 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 5:40pm6/02/08 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 1:00pm5/23/08 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 12:22pm5/20/08 12:22pm

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 11:55am1/25/08 11:55am

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 1:25pm1/04/08 1:25pm

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 2:30pm12/12/07 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 9:15pm12/05/07 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 1:15pm11/28/07 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 8:15pm11/27/07 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 4:15pm11/26/07 4:15pm