OLPC Chief: Our OS Was Our Biggest Mistake

In a recent interview with ZDNet Asia, Negroponte was asked about the mistakes made with the XO laptop and OLPC. Negroponte noted that putting the crank handle on the machine was a mistake, however he said the biggest mistake was using Sugar as the operating system.

Negroponte explained that the company should have offered Sugar as an application running on a regular OS. 

"Sugar should have been an application [residing] on a normal operating system," he told ZDNet Asia. "But what we did…was we had Sugar do the power management, we had Sugar do the wireless management--it became sort of an omelet. The Bios talked directly with Sugar, so Sugar became a bit of a mess."

Negroponte went on to say that the move by Sugar Labs to offer Sugar on a USB stick was "much cleaner" and added that with this development, we could see a "naked" XO laptop sometime in the future.

What do you think OLPC's biggest failure has been to date? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • squatchman
    I'm going to go with the obvious, "They refused to sell it" reason.

    Remember that the OLPC predates the Atom and nearly predates the netbook fad itself.
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  • ricardok
    The OLPC is a failure by itself.
    Go for ATOM, and add some nice ports to it.
    And the handle, yuck.

    Kids love new stuff, but not "that" stuff..
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  • christop
    Well It was a good Idea... But I tried sugar and hated it.. That was a mistake they should have went with ubuntu or something maybe windows based
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  • squatchman
    I'm going to go with the obvious, "They refused to sell it" reason.

    Remember that the OLPC predates the Atom and nearly predates the netbook fad itself.
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