[nycbug-talk] BSD on the <$100 laptop?

Pete Wright pete at nomadlogic.org
Mon Apr 10 11:52:18 EDT 2006

On Sun, Apr 09, 2006 at 07:37:08PM -0400, Isaac Levy wrote:
> Hi All,
>  From Slashdot, then Cnet there was this post about Linux being unfit  
> for the'Laptop Per Child' project:
> Negroponte: Slimmer Linux needed for $100 laptop
> http://news.com.com/Negroponte+Slimmer+Linux+needed+for+100+laptop/ 
> 2100-7346_3-6057456.html?tag=nefd.lede
> -or-
> http://tinyurl.com/ns3rr
> "People aren't thinking about small, fast, thin systems," said  
> Nicholas Negroponte, chairman of the One Laptop Per Child nonprofit  
> association, in a speech at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo here.  
> "Suddenly it's like a very fat person (who) uses most of the energy  
> to move the fat. And Linux is no exception. Linux has gotten fat, too."

ok, i'm gonna play devils advocate here.  what exactly does he mean by
"linux has gotten too fat"?  if he is refering to the kernel (which is
all that linux really is) you can strip out anything you want...sorta
easilly, to create a lean image.  is he refering to a specific linux distro?  
debian is actually quite small IMO, and can be stripped easilly as well.
...as can slackware.  i'll have to dig around and find exactly what he
is talking about here.

having said that, i think a BSD based OS is the logical choice for many
reasons, a non-restrictive license being paramount - aside from all the 
technical aspects.


Peter Wright
pete at nomadlogic.org

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