At first they were blasting the whole project but now they have jumped on board. Whatever you want to think about it depends on how you think about it. Having XP on those laptops is an extremely bad idea that’s all I can say. If the idea is to have a learning environment and tool, proprietary software is the last thing we should think of. It is like putting barbed wire around a mango tree and telling kids to go for it. Dependence on Microsoft software and thinking is not a way of educating a child well.
Secondly, I really doubt if Microsoft’s motive is also to provide a learning tool to the underdeveloped countries. It has always been hackers and geeks in the open source community to attempt such stuff.
For now I keep imagining of a scenario of a primary school in my village where children have these laptops in class and can’t use them because of a virus infection(How are you going to begin lecturing children of 10 to something years on their first day to be careful on what they click or they infect their machines.) Don’t tell me because they are in a remote location virus infection is very minimal.