Nicholas Negroponte, head of the One (lime-green) Laptop Per Child project, called last week for Linux to be slimmed down for use on the project’s devices.
[Linux] suffers the same code bloat as Windows, [Negroponte] said Tuesday.
“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.”
As it turns out, a representative of Puppy Linux, a super-slim distro weighing in at around 60MB of hard disk and capable of running on 100MHz machines, put forward their operating system to the project. They were quickly rebuffed on the grounds that “Red Hat is a partner in OLPC.”