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SCO loses, One Laptop Per Child, Open Letter to people wanting free computer tech support

by Tracy R Reed — last modified Jan 02, 2009 12:49 AM

SCO has lost their epic legal battle. The judge ruled against them. Time to party! No more FUDing about Linux. At least not that same old FUD which we have had to tolerate for the last 4 years. And hopefully MS has learned a lesson from SCO's foolishness. Once again I feel vindicated.

Here is an excellent review of the $100 laptop of the One Laptop Per Child laptop project which is a small laptop designed to be used as an educational tool for children in poor third world countries who already have food and a roof over their heads but still lack education.

An Open Letter To Everyone: I know JUST how this guy feels. Why can't I ever get free legal or car work done? From the article:

So you're having a problem with your computer, eh? Yes, you're right, I do know something about computers and yes, I was a computer science major. Will I fix your problem? I'll certainly try. I'm more than happy to help you to the best of my ability. You're a friend and I'm glad I can help you. I know you'd do the same for me and in all likelihood, I'll be hitting you up for free financial/legal/medical/automotive advice in the near future. I happen to have an area of expertise and I genuinely don't mind helping you out.

All of this combined with Dell shipping Linux pre-installed on their hardware and report having received 30,000 requests for Linux pre-installed on their machines makes this a pretty good week. People are starting to get it!

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