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newbie2
November 17th, 2005, 07:44 PM
"A robust, simple laptop that will cost just $100 - about 60 - aimed at helping schoolchildren in the developing world enter the internet age, has been launched at the World Summit on the Internet Society here, with the innovator behind it calling on manufacturers around the globe to "steal" his idea.
At the launch, Kofi Annan, the UN secretary-general, called it an "inspiring, impressive technical achievement", adding that he hoped the device would spark economic and social development among poorer nations of the world. "
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,9075-1876645,00.html

"The laptops will also run on free software probably the Linux operating system rather than propriety software such as Microsoft's Windows or Apple's OSX. This removes the issue of costly software licensing.
Companies that have donated money to the project include search giant Google, and microchip maker AMD."
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn8338
:) :)

Stormy Eyes
November 17th, 2005, 07:58 PM
It's cool, but wouldn't the people of developing nations be better served by improving their systems of government? What good's an inexpensive laptop if you're starving because of constant civil war.

tageiru
November 17th, 2005, 08:08 PM
It's cool, but wouldn't the people of developing nations be better served by improving their systems of government? What good's an inexpensive laptop if you're starving because of constant civil war.
It goes both ways. This might be the key for future generations to leave the mindless wars behind.

23meg
November 17th, 2005, 08:08 PM
It's cool, but wouldn't the people of developing nations be better served by improving their systems of government? What good's an inexpensive laptop if you're starving because of constant civil war.
If you give laptops to every kid in a country that's agonizing in civil war under a corrupt government, there's a good chance that with the sovereignty and power of knowledge they gain, those kids' generation won't make the same mistakes that had their parents' generation ending up starving and in war among themselves.

poptones
November 17th, 2005, 08:15 PM
It's cool, but wouldn't the people of developing nations be better served by improving their systems of government?

Education is the cornerstone of a free society. --Thomas Jefferson

BWF89
November 18th, 2005, 12:34 AM
This is exciting. I really hope this idea hits the assembly line.