OLPC Software on a USB Stick

By Deane Barker on June 24, 2009

$100 Laptop Becomes a $5 PC: What a great idea.  Load an customized OS for low-end machine on a USB key, and make old machines new again.

The open-source education software developed for the “$100 laptop” can now be loaded onto a $5 USB stick to run aging PCs and Macs with a new interface and custom educational software.

“What we are doing is taking a bunch of old machines that barely run Windows 2000, and turning them into something interesting and useful for essentially zero cost,” says Walter Bender, former president of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project. “It becomes a whole new computer running off the USB key; we can breathe new life into millions of decrepit old machines.”