"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."
That's not to say there is not another motive behind this – after all, the machine will initially be running a modified version of Windows CE most likely. While the machine is certainly going to be a “light” box, consuming a minuscule 2 watts of power when active, being too light for Linux is certainly saying a lot. After all, the Linux kernel is used in thousands of embedded devices all around the world, from wireless radios to firewalls and more. It will be interesting to see how “light” the modified Windows CE will become.