Then they decided that it needed to run some form of Windows.
The XO laptop was a product of the western media lab and a take-it-or-leave-it constructivist philosophy of education that proclaimed that teachers were of no consequence and that kids and their families could teach themselves.
There have been a bare 1.8 million OLPC laptops distributed
Most to Uruguay and Peru and almost none outside the Western Hemisphere. The notion that anyone could have believed OLPC was a culturally neutral ---- truly global solution ---for primary education seems laughable in retrospect.
From the beginning, OLPC was competing against simplified versions of the generic Windows PC with MS Office.
From the point of view of the third-world education minister, these were marketable skills that prepared a student well for the higher grades and vocational education, SUGAR was always going to be a question mark.
More importantly. these stripped down Windows systems systems did not attempt to dictate teaching methods or courseware generally.