Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Jun 2006 21:11 UTC
Linux The One Laptop per Child project will make Linux as popular on the desktop as it is on the server today, according to Nicholas Negroponte, head of the project and co-founder of the MIT Media Laboratory. Speaking on the final day of Red Hat's annual user summit, Negroponte told an audience of Linux enthusiasts and technology professionals that the OLPC project will lead to mass adoption of the operating system, if the software that powers it is efficient and usable enough.
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Meant for BRIC Countries
by asupcb on Mon 5th Jun 2006 09:32 UTC
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These laptops are not meant for third world countries but the more developed countries such as Brazil, Russia, India, and China. They're planning to send these to countries that while the people aren't starving they can't afford to pay more than 200USD for a personal laptop for the family. I used to have a 486/33 with Windows 3.1 and there really wasn't much that I couldn't do with that PC that I can do with my P4/2.2GHz today.
I mean that computer could do web surfing (very slowly), word processing, basic computer games (Civ 2), and even software development. These laptops will have 500mhz processors and hopefully at least 128MB of RAM. Plus the version of Fedora running on them will be compiled specifically for them and they won't be running every service known to man by default. They will also be running a special version of X.org with certain services removed by default to reduce overhead from what I understand. Hopefully they will try to create RPMs that can be easily created and installed for these and create a real third-party software base for these machines.
Also I think that they should sell these to fully developed economies for a profit in order to increase volume. I would like to have a rugged 200-300USD laptop.

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