Friday, May 16, 2008

OLPC sees the light

The NYTimes reports that the OLPC project finally sees the light, and decides to ship Windows along with Linux.

The reason? To quote the article:

Education ministries want low-cost computers to help further education, but many see familiarity with Windows-based computing as a marketable skill that can improve job prospects.


Hmm, so some governments looked at the problem and thought: "Well we'd like to give computers to our children, so lets go with a solution that teaches them a platform that nobody else uses, and one that teaches them skills that they can use to produce volunteer software projects for free. Being able to participate in open software projects on their spare time will make their other problems like hunger, poverty, and disease seem insignificant. That sounds like a great idea!"

A few minutes later, after that good African Ganja wore off.. "Wait. What the fuck. This is a terrible idea! Of the small percentage of children who will even learn to turn these things on, we want them to learn Windows, and make us the CA$H MONEY."

You can't blame them. Look how much the money the Microsoft ecosystem makes. Not just for MS, but for all the other companies involved. The Linux ecosystem? Please. If you're going for your first piece of the pie, you're gonna go for the bigger pie.

Besides how many of these kids are going to become programmers anyway? Probably like 0.0001%. But you know, Ubuntu needs another person to work on their shit for free, so it's worth it right? Nevermind teaching the 99.9999% of the other kids about computer skills that matter.

And all these people who talk about how Windows needs more hard drive space and shit. Maybe so, but the difference doesn't matter, because the software is so much better. Only lusers choose to have more hard drive space over useful software. Because, you know, empty flash drives are so useful. Besides, in a year, the same storage space will cost half as much, and they'll be whining about something else that doesn't matter.

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he_the_great said...

Yeah, so its an old post, but the "OLPC has sees the light" is bs. Governments are just stupid. The point of OLPC was not to teach computing skills to children, let alone programming. It is for information. It was so kids, who won't be in any position to take jobs that require computer skills, could learn to read, and explore the vast amounts of knowledge that the internet has been able to provide.

BTW, how long have you been following Linux?

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OLPC, giving kids access to unlimited amounts of porn and incorrect information.

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