Some Ideas for Marketing the OLPC

Paula Jones of Groklaw offers some thoughts on marketing the OLPC in comparison to the Intel/Microsoft "Classmate" PC. I guess I will never see the point of Microsoft Windows or other non-FLOSS software in an educational market where the children can't study, modify and redistribute changes to the software. The world's children don't need a tool that offers a one-way medium, an extremely expensive textbook, but a platform for them to learn the way they learned literacy: by observing what others have done, and learning.

Some of the alternative hardware may eventually be interesting (The EEE PC and Classmate both lack the Mesh networking and low-power dual-mode screen that are key to the OLPC hardware), but without the fully FLOSS learning environment they will remain non-useful alternatives.