Nicholas Negroponte’s longtime MIT colleague Walter Bender has recently left the One Laptop per Child program. Bender was responsible for software and content for "XO" laptops including its innovative Sugar operating system. This all happened amidst OLPC’s move to change its open-source approach as it welcomes Microsoft’s Windows operating system. Bender will now try to further the development of the XOs' Sugar, and get it to run on Linux computers other than XOs.
Bender's departure is the second big executive loss to be added to OLPC's setbacks and reportedly Negroponte wants OLPC to operate more efficiently. An executive-search firm has been trying to hire a chief executive for the group for more than a year – anyone needs a job?