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XO/OLPC Laptop Finally Gets Windows XP OS

Microsoft has finally been successful in coming out with a version of Windows XP that would suit the needs of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO machine.

The OLPC version of Windows has been slimmed down to make it possible for it run out of the 2GB flash memory card and it includes several new drivers specifically written for XO machines characteristic features such as the scratch pad and game controller.

The XO machine which is also available in Linux version is likely benefit from the Windows version owing to the availability of huge amount educational software in the market which runs on windows platform.

Interestingly even the Linux version of the XO features a whole range of utilities that are customised for child use which include features like an integrated educational suite along with other software that are built around a child friendly OS shell called Sugar.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.