On the XO Laptop

XO Laptop Business Opportunities: Market Share, Servers

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[First published as XO Business Opportunities: Market Share, Servers on December 12, 2007.]

The XO laptop from the OLPC project will undoubtedly present many new business opportunities.

The XO has no moving parts.

The main (dynamic) memory is only 256MB. The disk is one gigabyte (1G) in the form of a flash drive. This disk is used to hold both the system software and all the user programs and data.

I can see two obvious conclusions from this, and I am sure there are many others to follow.

The market share of Microsoft in this space is now zero, and will grow at best very slowly. How many hardware/software markets have that property?

Lots, and I mean LOTS, of servers will be needed to service the XO market, both to provide data for use on the XO, and to retrieve the data that will be entered on the XO, be it in the form of an audio interview, pictures, video, data from instruments attached to the XO, and so forth.


Written by daveshields

December 12, 2007 at 4:08 pm

Posted in xo-laptop

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