“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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