Thursday, March 16, 2006

Bill Gates is very afraid

Bill Gates tried to downplay the OLPC $100 laptop running Linux again. What Gates said has zero merit, the OLPC has 512MB memory, much larger than those $399 PocketPCes with 64MB, the OLPC also has a much larger screen than PocketPCes.

Let me make a statement:

With OLPC, the world's next generation can grow up connected with each other and understanding each other, that will be a great breakthrough of the human civilization.

With OLPC running Linux, the world's next generation will grow up with open systems and open standards, they will use OpenOffice, Open Document Format and other open technologies. And they will contribute into that open environment as they grow up. The open software and the collaborative software development for the OLPC will lead to advances of technologies at no cost.

Mr. Gates, every empire falls.


Blogger Eddie said...

Sharikou, could you please comment on the involvement of AMD in this issue?

(This is todospara1 and

10:54 AM, March 16, 2006  
Blogger Sharikou, Ph. D said...

AMD is really the enabler of the OLPC project. For OLPC to work, it needs to bring power consumption down to 2 watts. AMD provides a 500MHZ processor with integrated graphics, memory controller, USB and other stuff at 0.25 watt. No other company has technology to do that. It clearly reflects AMD's forward thinking and vision of pervasive computing. It is part of its goal to web enable 50% of the world by 2015.

11:24 AM, March 16, 2006  
Blogger Rothbart said...

from what I can tell, the technical functionality is going to be pretty limited for this thing. Linux with a graphical user interface in 128MB of memory?? That ought to be interesting. PDA's and cell phones will probably prove more viable than a defeatured laptop. Plus, does anyone know what the bill of materials is? Guessing it is well north of $100.

1:22 PM, March 16, 2006  
Blogger Sharikou, Ph. D said...

I had a Sharp Zaurus Linux PDA with 32MB memory. There are a tons of software on that little thing, and I added VNC server, SSHD, PERL, Apache on to it, adn still had some mega bytes for data. 512MB is not enough to store a lot of movies and music, but for handling homework and browsing web, it's more than enough.

2:22 PM, March 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, another way to look at it. It is $100 laptop. I don't mind buy one for my son as an educational toy(an electrionic toy is likely cost more than that no-a-day). For me, one for out-trip. Why not ? Nokia 770 can do it with 128 MB with linux, why not OLPC ?

2:24 PM, March 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

remember back in the 90's? 128 mb is more than enough for a GUI

4:32 AM, March 17, 2006  

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