How do I install Adobe Flash? How do I set up my XO for WebKinz, Starfall, or other Adobe Flash sites?
Can I install Sun's Java? Other commercial software?
Can I install Skype?
There is a community effort to enable Skype on the XO. Make sure to set the sound device in the options menu, as described on that page. In order to get video with the sound, you need to follow the 'gstfakevideo' instructions at the bottom of that page.
Can I load Microsoft Windows or my own software onto the XO laptop?
Currently, Microsoft Windows cannot be loaded on the XO laptop. The XO laptop has a GNU/Linux based Operating System and features its own programs that are specifically designed for children. There are thousands of software developers around the world currently developing content for the XO. Activities lists software for the XO.
There are efforts to adapt the WINE Windows emulator to run well on the XO, see http://wiki.winehq.org/SugaredWine. Wine is a GNU LGPL licensed implementation of the Windows API on top of X and Unix. It does not use any Microsoft code. Many popular free or proprietary Windows applications run well under it; see the Applications Database at http://appdb.winehq.org/.
Can I read Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint documents on my XO laptop?
The Write activity can open Word .doc and .rtf documents (need to verify), it can Keep a file as RTF.
Can I install AOL dialup software, AIM, or MSN Messenger?
Neither AOL Dialup nor AIM Messenger are supported on the XO by OLPC. The Chat Activity is a Sugar Activity for communications. The best way to use the AIM network or other chat networks is to use the free online service Meebo within Browse.
What antivirus & firewall security software is available?
Out of the box, your XO laptop is "safer than" your PC -- threats to Linux are rare.