[conspire] [NYLXS - HANGOUT] How to really mess up something good
ruben at mrbrklyn.com
Thu Apr 24 16:59:01 PDT 2008
On Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 11:14:40AM -0400, Paul Robert Marino wrote:
> Its simple
> They want funding from Microsoft and the gates foudation. To get it they
> must run MS Windows. Also if you remember Microsoft is willing to go to
> a zero dollor licence fee for educational use if nessisary. In shure
> they work out just such a deal with OLPC.
Which means what? That the project which is all but done should toss out
an OS specifically designed for third world children and use slaveware
crap on it instead.
BTW, they can not insist on MS software for the Gates Foundation if it's
run as a non-profit and he's taking it off his taxes because because that's
a flagrant violation of the conflict of interests provisions, which criminal
prosecution, not that civil sherman anti-trust crap.
> On Thu, 24 Apr 2008 8:44 am, Michael L. Richardson.com wrote:
> >Sounds like "You can have a Ford any color you want so long as it is
> >Check this out: www.globalabundanceprogram.com/mlr52
> >Check this out: www.globalabundanceprogram.com/mlr52
> > ..... Original Message .......
> >On Wed, 23 Apr 2008 21:06:58 -0400 Ruben Safir <ruben at mrbrklyn.com>
> >>This just turns my stomach
> >>OLPC Switch to Windows on XO Is 'muddled,' Developers Say
> >>Find a Review Wednesday, April 23, 2008 2:30 PM PDT
> >>Open-source developers should stop bickering, unite and jointly develop
> >>a Windows user interface to make XO laptops more appealing to users,
> >>One Laptop Per Child Chairman Nicholas Negroponte has urged in a public
> >>note to that community.
> >>Developers in the open-source community did not take lightly to
> >>Negroponte's comments, expressing outrage and questioning the judgment
> >>of OLPC's shift from Linux to Windows for the XO laptop. Developers
> >>called Negroponte's appeal "vague" and "demoralizing" for the future
> >>development of Sugar, the user interface that currently works with
> >>on XO laptops.
> >>In a note on OLPC's community site, Negroponte wrote that Sugar is less
> >>than perfect and needs to be developed for Windows to expand the
> >>appeal. The nonprofit has engaged in discussions with Microsoft to load
> >>Windows on dual-boot versions of the XO laptop.
> >>"I attribute our weakness to unrealistic development goals and
> >>Negroponte wrote. "Our mission has never changed. It has been to bring
> >>connected laptops for learning to children in the poorest and most
> >>remote locations of the world. Our mission has never been to advocate
> >>the perfect learning model or pure Open Source."
> >>Sugar needs to be separated from the OS core and made platform
> >>Negroponte wrote. "To do that, we need to hire more developers, work
> >>more together and spend less time arguing."
> >>This week developers began debating XO's possible shift from Linux to
> >>Windows after Monday's resignation of Walter Bender, OLPC's president
> >>of software and content. Bender gained a following in the open-source
> >>community by promoting open-source software for the XO despite growing
> >>efforts to load the laptop with Windows XP.
> >>In a note posted Monday at OLPC's community news, Bender said that he
> >>was leaving to advance the quality open-source software for learning
> >>would continue to work with the OLPC community "by adopting the spirit
> >>and methodology of the open-source movement."
> >>Observers contend that Bender left because he was less than happy with
> >>OLPC's move from open source to Windows on the XO laptop. Some
> >>saw it as a sign that OLPC is scaling down Sugar's development.
> >>Drawing that conclusion from Bender's departure is incorrect,
> >>wrote: "We are scaling Sugar up, not down."
> >>Developers replied that his vision of Sugar for Windows is muddled and
> >>that he is further dividing himself from OLPC's developer community.
> >>"If you are not serious about Sugar on Windows within the next year,
> >>please continue to avoid 'now' and use 'might' and 'someday' when you
> >>talk about it, and we'll continue to try to make Sugar-on-Linux achieve
> >>its potential," wrote C. Scott Ananian in a community posting at the
> >>OLPC site.
> >>"I approve of keeping OLPC's options open, in case your current
> >>development team (myself included) cannot deliver on Sugar's potential,
> >>but setting vague (and demoralizing) goals for future development --
> >>without actually devoting the resources to achieve those goals -- is
> >>madness. You have only succeeded in alienating the developers you need
> >>to make Sugar-on-Linux work, without actually achieving any progress on
> >>Sugar-on-Windows," Ananian wrote.
> >>Porting Sugar, which runs on multiple Linux distributions, to Windows
> >>shouldn't be hard, but the question is whether users will have the same
> >>experience on both OSes, wrote Tomeu Vizoso.
> >>Negroponte wrote that Sugar needs to be changed from an omelet to a
> >>fried egg "with distinct yoke and white, rather than having the UI,
> >>collaborative tools, power management and radios merge into one
> >>Vizoso wouldn't chew on Negroponte's vision of a fried egg. "My
> >>understanding is that the Sugar UI is composed of inseparable
> >>because we wanted to give an integrated and coherent experience. In
> >>which way are you suggesting to split Sugar?"
> >>http://www.mrbrklyn.com - Interesting Stuff
> >>http://www.nylxs.com - Leadership Development in Free Software
> >>So many immigrant groups have swept through our town that Brooklyn,
> >>like Atlantis, reaches mythological proportions in the mind of the
> >>world - RI Safir 1998
> >>http://fairuse.nylxs.com DRM is THEFT - We are the STAKEHOLDERS - RI
> >>Safir 2002
> >>"Yeah - I write Free Software...so SUE ME"
> >>"The tremendous problem we face is that we are becoming sharecroppers
> >>to our own cultural heritage -- we need the ability to participate in
> >>our own society."
> >>"> I'm an engineer. I choose the best tool for the job, politics be
> >>You must be a stupid engineer then, because politcs and technology
> >>have been attached at the hip since the 1st dynasty in Ancient Egypt.
> >>I guess you missed that one."
> >>© Copyright for the Digital Millennium
> The average person does a lot of work in the name of laziness!
> Save youre self the effort by doing it right the first time.
> Do it with free speech software.
http://www.mrbrklyn.com - Interesting Stuff
http://www.nylxs.com - Leadership Development in Free Software
So many immigrant groups have swept through our town that Brooklyn, like Atlantis, reaches mythological proportions in the mind of the world - RI Safir 1998
http://fairuse.nylxs.com DRM is THEFT - We are the STAKEHOLDERS - RI Safir 2002
"Yeah - I write Free Software...so SUE ME"
"The tremendous problem we face is that we are becoming sharecroppers to our own cultural heritage -- we need the ability to participate in our own society."
"> I'm an engineer. I choose the best tool for the job, politics be damned.<
You must be a stupid engineer then, because politcs and technology have been attached at the hip since the 1st dynasty in Ancient Egypt. I guess you missed that one."
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