Those lowest of the low at M$ have to
go and spoil things: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/04/
Basically the OLPC device will now
support windoze (wince) and instead
of costing the original $100 will now
Real bummed out to hear that. Something pretty heavy duty, that they aren't telling us, must have happened to cause such a major change in the plan for totally free software.
I believe the Gates establishment must have been extremely threatened by the loss of a major market the original plan would have engendered. There are many articles linked to by the above, and in one of them, Gates berated the idea of kids having to crank the devices to generate power. Sorry, lost that URL last night in a crash, but that particular criticism may have played a role in his success. But, geez, if the kids are in villages and hand-pumping or carrying water, will they care about having to generate more power while they are reading? The resulting doubling of price is ridiculous.
Gates must have done something that would prevent them from getting some essential hardware component, coercing the change. I have a friend who has been involved with the project a very long time, and I can't believe they dropped the idealism without something fishy happening. I'll see what my friend has to say.