OLPC talk:Five principles

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What an incredible and noble project this is! I'd like to learn how these tools will be prevented from becoming a tool of sexual predators (since they are all interconnected and owned by children) or appropriated and exploited by adults for their own gain. I wish such questions didn't need to be asked, but t's a corrupt world out there. A response: The world is indeed a dangerous place for children, but "sexual predators" are the least of it. Much more damage is done to children by the commercial predators who convince children to eat junk food, convince their parents to give them dangerous drugs, create an excessive focus on materialism, and fill parents and children full of fears that prevent them from integrating themselves as equals in the human family. A tool which helps connect children with each other is an excellent defense against all these predators.

reading required

I have an (illiterate) 4yo and 2yo who each have an XO-1, and the laptop is not very interesting to them because of the level of reading required. More work needs to go into the UI if we really want to make it friendly to kids who have no reading. -D Risacher 2008-01-06

We are targeting 6–16. 2–4 is a bit of a stretch for many of the activities. --Walter 08:21, 7 January 2008 (EST)
Perhaps some of the GCompris activities would be more appropriate? (Screenshots here) —Joe 11:09, 7 January 2008 (EST)

Is "Free and Open Source" still a core principle?

If it is, then what are we to make of reports in ComputerWorld that the group's XO laptop may evolve to use only Windows XP as its operating system, with open-source educational applications such as the homegrown Sugar software running on top Report: OLPC may eventually switch from Linux to Windows XP nsistence on open source scares people away, Negroponte says.

If it's no longer a core principle, then shouldn't this section be removed? 17:20, 7 May 2008 (EDT)

It's clear that it's not a core principle. Does anyone even bother updating this wiki, or is this another casualty of the removal of this principle? 00:44, 16 May 2008 (EDT)

I'm guessing that doing deals to get "Saturation" (principle #3) has been given precedence over staying "Open Source" (principle #5). Very sad indeed. pengo 06:14, 17 May 2008 (EDT)