http://www.pocket-lint.co.uk/news.php?newsId=1968<br><br>from the link:<br>16 November 2005 - MIT Media Lab, the makers of the $100 laptop for the developing world has turned down an offer from Apple to supply the Mac OS X operating system because it isnít an open source system. <br><br>According to the Wall Street Journal Steve Jobs, Apple's Chief Executive, offered to provide free copies of the company's operating system, OS X, for the machine, according to Seymour Papert, a professor emeritus at MIT who is one of the initiative's founders. "We declined because it's not open source", says Dr. Papert, noting the designers want an operating system that can be tinkered with. <br><br>MIT it seems is also talking Microsoft. Again according to the WSJ Mr. Negroponte discussed the project last week with Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and Craig Mundie, chief technical officer of advanced strategies and policy. "We're in serious discussions to determine what the appropriate type of involvement is with us with their project", says Mr. Mundie.<br><br><br>Well, Apple is afterall a FOR PROFIT made in China corporation.<br>But hey, at least they function and MAKE SENSE!<br><br>~<br><br><br><br>Blood remains where corruption temporarily gets away with crime.
Good lord! They want Microsoft involved, but not Apple? I thought they wanted to provide working, low cost computers. <br>Not inoperable, largely useless chucks of plastic. <br><br>What is the world coming to when Linux users can consider Microsoft as a good development partner but will over look apple because the entire operating system is not open source?<br><br><br>
""We declined because it's not open source", says Dr. Papert, noting the designers want an operating system that can be tinkered with. "<br><br> If they are dealing with Microsoft they'll get their wish. Any half-assed hacker can tinker with that. <br><br>
A good choice. MacOS X would never run well on such a machine, and they'd have to wait forever for Apple to make modifications to the OS. This way, they can customize the OS as they see fit, and make changes as soon as they need them.<br><br>
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