What would a Linux haters' blog be without an occasional shout-out to Mr. RMS himself? He recently wrote about "rescuing" the OLPC project just so that he can remind us that he's a maniac. Maniac! And not just on the dance floor.
Before I unleash his full lunatic flavor, let me point out that the man is still using an IBM T23. That's right. 23. Apparently it's a screamer, in 2001.
Anyhow, that's not the best part. He goes on to suggest (emphasis added):
Proprietary software keeps users divided and helpless. Its functioning is secret, so it is incompatible with the spirit of learning. Teaching children to use a proprietary (non-free) system such as Windows does not make the world a better place, because it puts them under the power of the system's developer -- perhaps permanently. You might as well introduce the children to an addictive drug. If the XO turns out to be a platform for spreading the use of proprietary software, its overall effect on the world will be negative.
According to the S-man, the rest of the world (aka Windows users) are no better than a swarm of crack heads, wandering the corners looking for our next re-up. The good stuff provided, of course, by the biggest drug cartel in the world -- Microsoft -- with Billy-G as the biggest king-pin of them all. Maybe we need to convince McNolty and crew to pull some kind of scam so that we can get a wire up on the Microsoft campus. I mean, with all the shit they're pulling, they must have a ton of bodies in a ton of vacants somewhere right? I mean there's a reason Marlo Stanfield's initials are MS right?
Once again, it's obvious that there's only one crackhead in the room. You could have probably figured it out from just appearances alone. I'm sure this man's idea of improving the OLPC would be to give it to poor kids with the great emacs as the main UI. And I'm sure the kids would then spend two hours figuring out C-x C-c, then proceed to use it as a soccer ball. A soccer ball with an open BIOS. Perhaps one of them will be sufficiently motivated to code up a soccer-mode, which will make the device make cool whooshing sounds as it zooms through the air. But most of the kids will just wonder why the first world decided to donate them such awkwardly shaped soccer balls.