Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th Sep 2007 19:57 UTC, submitted by Bobthearch
Hardware, Embedded Systems The vaunted 'USD 100 laptop' that Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers dreamed up for international schoolchildren is becoming a slightly more distant concept. The USD 100 laptop has many innovative features including a pull cord for recharging by hand. Leaders of the nonprofit One Laptop Per Child that was spun out of MIT acknowledged Friday that the devices are now slated to cost USD 188 when mass production begins this fall. The last price the nonprofit announced was USD 176; it described USD 100 as a long-term goal.
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RE[3]: It doesn't matter....
by stestagg on Sun 16th Sep 2007 21:33 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: It doesn't matter...."
stestagg
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2006-06-03

"virtually-free computers".

I don't consider $188 virtually free, that is about what the average citizen of Malawi makes in a year. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_%28nomina... + inflation).

You also forget that these laptops are going to children, who tend to be really very competent when it comes to figuring out how to work things. In societies where people have to still do most things by themselves, not rely on welfare, councils, professionals or expensive technicians.

We all know that's crap

Actually, it isn't crap. There is almost no malware for desktop Linux software on the internet. And while I'm sure that there will be interest from virus developers in entering the OLPC system, most OLPCs won't be connected to the internet, just some ad-hoc wireless network, so infection rates should be low, and containable. Also, as mentioned above, these people are usually, by necessity, pretty resourcefull as a group.

99% of modern malware is marketing related. Spam and spyware are used to generate revenue for malware writers. Targeting people whose average annual earnings are around $1000 will not be such a profitable venture. I'm sure that people will try, but they should loose interest pretty early.

Now try to look at the positive side of this. We will be placing enormous computing power into the hands of millions of potential geniuses around the world, the number of man-hours (well, child-hours) spend tinkering and playing with these systems will be phenomenal. Imagine some of the advances that could be made in computer science, and software development if this project goes through.

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