Regular readers will know that we’ve always rather loathed the $100 laptop and have argued that for any chance for it to be a success in the developing world, an education device needs to be a mobile phone. Still the little green machine is held up and presented as some miracle cure. Maybe, with Microsoft’s partnership with the project, it will be all finally over: Bruce Nussbaum on Business Week recently also argues that Microsoft’s partnership with the global education project is the final nail in the coffin. Nussbaum argues that the deal will kill what was at the very heart of the project – being open source:

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