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Re: Olpc-open Digest, Vol 1, Issue 1

Amrita Chanda
Yes I second Tom! I'm one of those developers who will have no trouble
paying the 'extra' amount for an emulator machine to develop open source
code on it.

amrita.

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> I have heard that there may be troubles getting the initial number of
> orders to get prices down to $100.
> I would gladly pay over the odds for a 'development' machine/environment
> on the understanding that everything I develop on/for it is under the
> GPL and gratis, free etc.
> I think there may be many others like me.
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> I think it would be a tragedy if this project fails because people are
> 'excluded' because they come from rich countries - it will need people
> with previous computing experience, IMHO preferably from 'open source'
> to deliver. If machines turn up in the 'third world' first then we will
> have proprietary software 'developed' for them before you can say boo
> and training courses offered to lock users in to proprietary methods to
> ensure the 'third world' stays there.
> Please don't let that happen.
> Tom
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Re: Olpc-open Digest, Vol 1, Issue 1

Khaled Hassounah-2
I am not sure where the news is coming from. You have to be careful with
rumors though. As far as I know, there are two sites that are already
selling laptops on our behalf :)

The point raised is an important one though, and it is that interested
developers anywhere in the world should be able to access a close enough
development environment.

The laptop will have an x86 processor, which means that you can run its
software on any x86 computer without needing any special hardware. The
only thing that might be significantly different is the display.
Although even that you could emulate by using the correct resolution.

Khaled

Amrita Chanda wrote:

> Yes I second Tom! I'm one of those developers who will have no trouble
> paying the 'extra' amount for an emulator machine to develop open source
> code on it.
>
> amrita.
>
> On 5/25/06, [hidden email] <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
>>
>> Date: Wed, 24 May 2006 23:27:36 +0100
>> From: Tom Potts <[hidden email]>
>> Subject: [Olpc-open] Development Machines/Emulator
>> To: [hidden email]
>> Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed
>>
>> I have heard that there may be troubles getting the initial number of
>> orders to get prices down to $100.
>> I would gladly pay over the odds for a 'development' machine/environment
>> on the understanding that everything I develop on/for it is under the
>> GPL and gratis, free etc.
>> I think there may be many others like me.
>>
>> I think it would be a tragedy if this project fails because people are
>> 'excluded' because they come from rich countries - it will need people
>> with previous computing experience, IMHO preferably from 'open source'
>> to deliver. If machines turn up in the 'third world' first then we will
>> have proprietary software 'developed' for them before you can say boo
>> and training courses offered to lock users in to proprietary methods to
>> ensure the 'third world' stays there.
>> Please don't let that happen.
>> Tom
>>

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Khaled Hassounah
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