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XP & Linux OLPC laptop coming this month

Dual-boot system should appeal to everyone

The first dual-boot laptop from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project should be available this month, according to OLPC's director of Europe, Matt Keller.

The low-cost laptop, designed initially for schoolchildren in developing nations but now being made available to Western economies, will run both Windows XP and the Linux-based Sugar OS.

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The use of Linux on OLPC's original XO laptops was seen as necessary to drive down the cost of the machines, with the ultimate goal of making them available for $100 (£50) per unit. However, the group says some potential governments have been opposed to open-source software.

"Some countries have been adamant about using Microsoft software," said Keller.

A high-level government official in Egypt was among the first to tell OLPC that his country only wanted the XO if it could run Windows, for example.


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