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$100 Laptop

Postby ggsinclair » Thu Nov 17, 2005 1:35 pm

This looks like a good boost for open source.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4445060.stm

I wonder if they will use an existing distro or write their own?

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RE: $100 Laptop

Postby M-Saunders » Thu Nov 17, 2005 1:39 pm

Apparently they're going with Red Hat, after turning OS X for free down:

http://apple.slashdot.org/article.pl?si ... =179&tid=3

I wonder how they'll cope with Gnome and OOo loading from flash memory onto a 500 MHz processor...

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RE: $100 Laptop

Postby ggsinclair » Thu Nov 17, 2005 1:43 pm

I do hope its got a lot of RAM!!

They are predicting sales in excess of £100million. I wonder what Mr Gates thinks about all of this!

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Re: RE: $100 Laptop

Postby nelz » Thu Nov 17, 2005 2:17 pm

M-Saunders wrote:I wonder how they'll cope with Gnome and OOo loading from flash memory onto a 500 MHz processor...


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Postby shifty_ben » Thu Nov 17, 2005 2:57 pm

I saw something about this on Newsnight last night, its been predicted by most as a complete flop. $100 for us is not a massive amount, but at the areas the laptop is targetted at thats more than some people earn in a year. All the same definitely a good boost, and itll make Mr Gates think about his pricing
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Postby Lejon » Fri Nov 18, 2005 1:24 am

shifty_ben wrote:I saw something about this on Newsnight last night, its been predicted by most as a complete flop. $100 for us is not a massive amount, but at the areas the laptop is targetted at thats more than some people earn in a year. All the same definitely a good boost, and itll make Mr Gates think about his pricing


It was on the news in Sweden aswell.
and ther thay stated that thay will be given away for free to children in the "third world".

The price would therfor only aplye for us that suposedly can aford it.

Personaly I would love to have one to play with :D
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Postby linuxgirlie » Fri Nov 18, 2005 9:20 am

I would buy a laptop for someone in another country if they set it up. $100 is like £50 so I would be willing to buy 4. But I don't think they are going do that kind of route.
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Postby shifty_ben » Fri Nov 18, 2005 11:10 am

Yea I think Id be willing to pay out for that, although I wouldnt mind one to play about with either :D
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Postby Rhakios » Fri Nov 18, 2005 8:02 pm

I think the point they were making on Newsnight was that for one $100 laptop for a child in Africa, you could instead get them 20 desks and writing materials, a blackboard and chalk, which would benefit a far larger number of children. Also, it's not a bad idea to get them a teacher as well, might be another $600 a year in the poorer areas, or six laptops.
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Postby linuxgirlie » Sat Nov 19, 2005 2:39 pm

I see what you mean. Oxfam Unwrapped is a good idea: http://oxfam.co.uk/what_you_can_do/shop/christmas.htm
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Postby ggsinclair » Sat Nov 19, 2005 8:48 pm

Linuxgirlie

You are right - it is a good idea - i do hope that the public support initiatives such as this, I do.

I also hope that the corporations of this world (MS included) support the laptop idea as this is a very forward thinking idea. After all, how can the third world compete if they are still being taught using jotters and pencils.

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Postby Rhakios » Sat Nov 19, 2005 9:19 pm

ggsinclair wrote:
I also hope that the corporations of this world (MS included) support the laptop idea as this is a very forward thinking idea. After all, how can the third world compete if they are still being taught using jotters and pencils.

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And as soon as someone comes up with the $100 nation wide network infrastructure they'll be laughing.
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