Windows Vista, The best thing that ever happened to Linux?
Microsoft Windows Vista has hit town in a big way, with worldwide release parties, massive media attention and plenty of controversy. It has been five years since Microsoft released Windows XP and a lot has changed, Microsoft needs a big win with Vista and they are pulling out all the stops. Microsoft however have taken many risks and the next six months could be very telling. Although Windows is still ubiquitous in most parts of the developed world, the market is changing and people are starting to do their homework.
Media attention for the "One Laptop per Child" or OLPC project has been widespread and ongoing.The Children's Machine, also known as XO-1 and previously as the $100 Laptop, is a proposed inexpensive laptop computer intended to be distributed to children around the world, especially to those in developing countries, to provide them with access to knowledge and modern forms of education. Linux was the obvious choice for the 366 megahertz 128 mb OLPC laptop due to its open nature and ability to run on any virtually any hardware. Millions of these units have been ordered by Countries such as Nigeria and Libya and pretty soon there will be millions of children around the world with Linux as their first operating system.
In stark contrast Microsoft have just released Windows Vista, probably the most resource hungry Operating System ever, for the PC platform.