Updating to 708 on olpc

The standalone ‘fat client’ is aging and may soon become irrelevant.Further to this, attempts are sometimes made to explain why affordable laptops are no longer capable of running the latest operating system from Microsoft, namely Windows Vista.To give a little background to this, back in April, a major split in the OLPC project had generated a lot of headlines.

People’s expectations from computers and new patterns of their use, e.g.

Web-based applications, play a significant role here.

The seminal and exceptionally successful move from ASUSTe K ignited many similar ones, more latterly from Dell and Acer, which even promised to focus on GNU/Linux.

This so-called ‘race to the bottom’ provides a valuable lesson about the merits of Free software in personal computing. In order to answer these questions, let’s step aside for a moment and consider disruptive trends.

The OLPC project needed such a gap for great expansion to be assured and for mass-production levels to be reached.

Competition from Intel, however, stood in the way and there were other barriers.There are more different classes — or tiers — of personal computers these days.With PDAs, smartphones and pocket-sized PCs, people sometimes have more than a single PC.In recent months, spurred initially by OLPC (which in turn inspired ASUSTe K, having received Intel’s endorsement), there has been this incoming wave of low-end laptops.Many of them are running the GNU/Linux operating system, which challenges existing cost barriers and offers some unique advantages.OLPC is an international and global-scale project, so this peer production cycle is an essential ingredient for its success.

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