Tuesday, June 20, 2006

A Laptop for the [Young] Masses... But It's Not Running Windows!

The One Laptop Per Child initiative recently showed off a working prototype of the so-called $100 laptop, to be distributed through participating countries to children. Pictures can be found here.

The prototype is running Fedora Linux. The price of $100 is expected to be reached as production ramps up, sometime around 2008. In a Microsoft world, $100 will not buy you even a piece of the operating system. Even if the OS were "free" (fat chance M$ will do that even through Mr. Gates' foundation), the hardware platform on which the OLPC laptop is based would have to be greatly enhanced, raising the price and making the unit less attractive to those in need.

A Wiki discussing the laptop can be found here.


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