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torbenm, the OLPC doesn't have a crank handle - I bet they really regret doing that particular mock-up - and I'd imagine that the choice of x86 came down to a number of fairly relevant factors, particularly related to being able to acquire control of the hardware platform and having a big company offer concrete support: yes, AMD actually plays along with various open source communities from time to time.

As for the Linux aspect, and in the context of the 512K remark in the article, perhaps Linux is the path of least resistance because it does run in fairly low memory environments (albeit not likely as low as 512K) and is widely deployed and open (again, extremely important in a project like this). And stuff like LinuxBIOS can provide booting to a lightweight desktop using 2MB of ROM and no hard disk, apparently. That's your neo-micro right there!

 is a RISC OS Userguestx on 27/4/07 8:32PM
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