‘One Laptop Per Child’ project announces 4 million pre-orders

“The $100 laptop project, One Laptop Per Child, is claiming that four developing countries have ordered 4 million laptops (one million each),” Jason Denwood reports for PocketLint.com.

“The Linux-based laptops come with their own power sources (including wind-up) and offer a dual-mode display, which gives users a full-colour, transmissive DVD mode and a secondary black and white reflective and sunlight-readable display,” Denwood reports. “The computers operate at 500 MHz, about half the processor speed of commercial laptops, and will run on Linux rather than Microsoft’s or Apple’s Operating systems as previously hoped by the two companies.”

MacDailyNews Note: Apple’s “slowest” notebook runs at 1.83GHz (and that’s dual core) which is quite a bit faster than double the processor speed of these $100 laptops.

Denwood continues, “Earlier this year, Bill Gates rubbished the MIT $100 laptop saying: ‘The last thing you want to do for a shared-use computer is have it be something without a disk … and with a tiny little screen.'”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: While we think it would have been best if the project took Steve Jobs up on his offer of free Mac OS X for the machines, Linux is the next best alternative. Microsoft’s Windows is the loser if these things become prevalent around the world.

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25 Comments

  1. There are many who think this is wonderful. I have mixed feelings. I work with people within the United States who are marginalized by poverty or illegal immigration status. Their needs are not related to computing, but learning basic skills. Most have access to any type of tech they want in schools here, but have a psychological and educational barrier to it all. Makes me wonder if places even less developed, with fewer opportunities for the majority of people are going to get what they’re expecting from these, or if the money could be otherwise spent? Time will tell.

    Good luck to them all.

  2. So you’re saying that because people are in poverty, that they cannot make use of the opportunities around them, due to some “educational” or “psychological” barrier? This is despite the fact they have access to the technology in the schools and, I’m assuming, that they attend school? I’m quite puzzled as to what else they need.

    What you’re really angling for is additional public money to be spent on illegal aliens (i.e. future deportees). That is cultural and national suicide and those folks need to be “marginalized” right out of the country. Why Mexico can’t make their own country appealing to their own people, I have no idea, but that’s their problem — NOT ours. Charity freaking begins at home.

  3. There is a reason that Bill Gates is putting most of his money towards health care in impoverished countries. Vaccinating children will do a whole lot more for improving quality of life in these countries than will teaching them how to use a word processor.

  4. Maybe now, we can teach the next generation of phishers from Africa how to do it better on a *NIX machine. Possibly even come up with a Mac virus….who knows?

    Seriously. Take care of basic needs first. Anyone that thinks that a computer is going to help solve a child problems (who has to deal with bad nutrition, poor education, and roving death squad gangs) is out of thier mind. Very seldom is technology the answer to any question when happiness is the goal.

  5. MDN, your take was off the mark this time.

    Apple is as concerned about the One Laptop Per Child project as Ford/Toyota/etc. is worried about Huffy (an American brand of inexpensive bicycles). In both cases, they just do not compete.

    However, thankyou for keeping us informed on the One Laptop Per Child project, and please keep it up. Thanks!

  6. While critic makes a good point about healthcare, IF this works it could help these folks earn MONEY, which–last time I checked–is kind of useful when you’re trying to get out of POVERTY. India and Romania are proving that in spades. Technology is a big part of why western nations are able to help themselves (though not the only one), so we shouldn’t quite jump down the throat of the proponents of this idea. On the other hand, my biggest question about this initiative is whether it really can work. It may not help the tribes in the bush, but maybe it can do something for the teeming masses in Nairobi and similar places.

  7. Let these kids play with Linux on their little machine and, with time and efforts, they’ll get a job and will make the money to get a Mac to run Linux, iLife, etc. Where’s MS in all that? … exactly

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