I tend to avoid writing stories about the OLPC XO Laptop because it’s not really targeted at consumers. I’m much more interested in laptops you can walk into a store and buy, or at least order online from Taiwanese dealers. But if Nicholas Negroponte hadn’t turned his dream of a low cost laptop into reality, it’s possibel that the Asus Eee PC and all the low cost mini-notebooks that have followed it never would have existed. So every now and then it’s worth taking a peek at OLPC land.
In other news, the unique Sugar OS software interface designed for the XO Laptop might not stay unique for long. PC World says that Sugar Labs, the foundation behind the user interface, is working with Intel to create similar software for the Classmate PC. The Classmate is Intel’s answer to the XO Laptop. It features more storage, a more traditional looking laptop body, and is designed to run Windows XP.
So if you’re keeping track, that means Windows is coming to the XO Laptop, while Linux could be coming to the Classmate PC.