Tuesday, January 02, 2007

$100 laptop project launches 2007

The first batch of computers built for the One Laptop Per Child project could reach users by July this year.

The scheme is hoping to put low-cost computers into the hands of people in developing countries. Ultimately the project's backers hope the machines could sell for as little as $100 (£55).

The laptop is powered by a 366-megahertz processor from Advanced Micro Devices and has built-in wireless networking. It has no hard disk drive and instead uses 512 MB of flash memory, and has two USB ports to which more storage could be attached.

The computer runs on a cut-down version of the open source Linux operating system and has been designed to work differently to a Microsoft Windows or Apple machine from a usability perspective.


cybrbeast said...

Seems like a very good initiative. I hope it works out.
But if they are distributed for free, what prevents the kids (or their parents) from selling the laptop?
And also what are the practical uses of a laptop when you are stuggling to get by?

pimp-a-lot bear said...

Now every kid can surf porn on the internet! hooray!
I'm guessing this laptop is ment for people who have enough to eat, but can't afford any luxury's.