In a rather disturbing article, I found out that Microsoft was none too pleased that One Laptop Per Child has been distributing laptops with a free and open source linux operating system installed (RHEL). They can’t have everyone in a third world country growing up using gnu/linux and not Windows. Plus think about all the money they’ll be losing in the long run. It’s a much better idea to make sure these people pay for the technology they’re using and the knowledge they’re gaining with DRM.
With OLPC based on all Free Software, it was likely that those books would have themselves been under similar licensing like Creative Content. Now, it is likely that third world students will be running DRM-locked textbooks that are only acessable under Windows. -Bruce Perens