When I named this blog, it was mainly to generate interest and focus on the OLPC. Alas, there really has not been as much progress as I would have liked. A lot has changed in the two years since the XO was unveiled and much has happened between the first shipping of the XO and today.
What has happened? Netbooks has made great in road into the hearts and minds of consumers in economic trouble, Intel's Atom chips, Apple's Macbook rise, and lower priced but powerful mainstream Windows laptops. And so, I changed focused a bit for "On XO".
I started talking about general wireless issues, mobile gadgets and smartphones, and editorials on where I think our wireless society will evolve into.
So, when I stumpled across this post at Appleinsider, a traditionally pro-Apple and rumor site, about Apple's hiring of a OLPC insider, Ivan Krstic, his criticism of the OLPC project (must read), his work on security, and hints of what his work may be with Apple, it really brought me back to think about why the XO isn't as big as it should be, broken promises, and squandered opportunities.
Along with the AI article and Krstic's critical post of the XO development, we gain a good idea of good intentions that went bad, where things stand today in OS and security development, and where we are headed.
Both posts are recommended reads. At the end of the day, I hope OLPC's 2nd generation XO works as advertised and continue to drive mobile innovation for children all over the world.
Note: Krstic, after years of using open source software, has switched to OS X. His contribution to Apple will bring new innovations in security not just for Macs and the iPhone platform but others as well. Innovation. Competition. Great combo, don't you think? And at the end of the day, we mobile warriors win.
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