Negroponte Not Seeking Replacement, OLPC XO to Run Windows in 60 Days or Less
Last week BusinessWeek reported that Nicholas Negroponte, founder of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), was searching for a new CEO of the non-profit organization. Negroponte was quoted in the article saying that OLPC has been run “almost like a terrorist group, doing almost impossible things.” Contrary to what has been swarming around the blogs, Negroponte’s role at OLPC will not be changing drastically when a new CEO is selected and put in place. Negroponte told us in an e-mail interview that “‘Replacement’ is not the right word. We have no CEO. I have never held that title nor used it. I will continue to do what I do, no real change.” He also added that he will go under the title of Chairman and Foreign Minister. He was quoted in the BusinessWeek article saying OLPC needs to be run “more like Microsoft.” The laptop or the company? is the question. Negroponte says that a Windows operating system is in the process of being fine-tuned on the XO as we speak. “Microsoft and OLPC are in discussion on how to release it, as well as how to announce,” he said. Negroponte added that the Windows operating system should be available on the XO in less than 60 days.