Windows XP being ported to XO Laptop

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Microsoft is hard at work porting Windows XP for the XO Laptop. That’s good news for any number of reasons, not least of which because it gives an air of legitimacy to the laptop. (Reports have suggested that some governments are weary of the XO because it runs Linux. For better or worse, the perception is that you need to run Windows.) It’s not easy porting over XP, though: Microsoft says it’s difficult to fit its OS on the XO’s tiny flash drive, so much so that Microsoft wants the One Laptop people to add a standard SD Card slot to it. All told, some 40 engineers, both in-house and otherwise, are working on the project.

Now cue the XO hating.

Microsoft trials XP on XO laptop [BBC News]