Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Nov 2005 19:36 UTC, submitted by anand78
Hardware, Embedded Systems MIT has unveiled its $100 hand-cranked laptop computer to the United Nations technology summit in Tunisia and said that it hopes to make millions of the devices to give to the poorest people in the world. The lime-green machines, which are about the size of a text book, will offer wireless connectivity via a mesh network of their own creation allowing peer-to-peer communication and operate in areas without a reliable electricity supply.
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$100 Laptop
by astroraptor on Thu 17th Nov 2005 20:44 UTC
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I want one! ;)

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RE: $100 Laptop
by Abdullah on Thu 17th Nov 2005 21:14 in reply to "$100 Laptop"
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I would like to buy one too - the crank up idea is nice! I wonder what the software is like. I wonder if it will be able to run Windows 98 instead of (presumably) Linux?

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RE[2]: $100 Laptop
by on Thu 17th Nov 2005 21:54 in reply to "RE: $100 Laptop"
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I wouldn't think so, as it would depend on the microprocessor (arm, mips, m68k, or x86) or chipset used. Though x86 chips can technically reach the low power requirements, the cost of them in mass production would be debatably more then an equivalent arm/mips/m68k chip. Especially if the processor and chipset are to be put on the same ic (a la PS2).

Even using an x86 chip windows 98 would have to support the bus and chipset used, which would either be custom or built from very cheap components, made in the last few years. Since windows 98 is EOL and they've already commited to linux, it would be in their best interest to not even consider whether it could run any windows os, and just get something the linux kernel has support for, or they could create support for. ;)

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RE[3]: $100 Laptop
by on Fri 18th Nov 2005 05:31 in reply to "RE: $100 Laptop"
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"I wonder if it will be able to run Windows 98 instead of (presumably) Linux?"

Why would you want to downgrade?

Especially downgrade as far as that.

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RE[4]: $100 Laptop
by chemical_scum on Fri 18th Nov 2005 16:09 in reply to "RE: $100 Laptop"
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I wonder if it will be able to run Windows 98 instead of (presumably) Linux

I hope not !

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RE[2]: $100 Laptop
by kadymae on Thu 17th Nov 2005 21:57 in reply to "$100 Laptop"
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Dood(ettes) unless you are a Linux developer coding software specifically optimized for this laptop, why do you want one?

Because you can get it cheap? Because it's a cool toy?

Hit eBay if you want an older low power laptop, or shell out and buy a bells and whistles PDA.

This laptop is adressing a need in emerging nations, and every time it lands in the hands of one of us, it's taking it out of the hands of a kid who whose life this could revolutionize.

The cheap cell phone and the proliferation of cell phone networks has changed (and saved) lives in the rural 3rd world.

This program will not only bring the information revolution to the 3rd world (and ultimately spur movements for more just and democratic governments) but it's what's going to kick the Linux/OSS movement into high-gear. Not only will the feedback garnered lead to improvements in Linux as a desktop OS, we're planting the seeds of a new generation of coders.

Personally I can't wait until this program gets off the ground so I can donate to it and hopefully change the lives of several children and their families.

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RE[3]: $100 Laptop
by Smartpatrol on Thu 17th Nov 2005 22:39 in reply to "RE[2]: $100 Laptop"
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2005-07-06

This laptop is adressing a need in emerging nations, and every time it lands in the hands of one of us, it's taking it out of the hands of a kid who whose life this could revolutionize.

Every one of these laptops purchased by us means profit for the company and drives manufacturing costs down meaning through massive volume that same $100 laptop could fastly become the $50 laptop for 3rd world kids.

The only problem i have with this guy is that it ignores the poor Kids in America, latin America and other western nations that could benifit from a cheap laptop.

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RE[3]: $100 Laptop
by on Thu 17th Nov 2005 22:40 in reply to "RE[2]: $100 Laptop"
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I believe the people in the project were considering, at least at one point, selling differently-colored models (so as to clearly distinguish them from the childrens' models) of the computer for $300 to interested consumers. The consumer would get a computer, and know that they'd paid for two more machines to be delivered to children.

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v RE[3]: $100 Laptop
by on Fri 18th Nov 2005 04:49 in reply to "RE[2]: $100 Laptop"
RE[3]: $100 Laptop
by StephenBeDoper on Sat 19th Nov 2005 03:04 in reply to "RE[2]: $100 Laptop"
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I don't think anyone would suggest that geeks should have access to them at the expense of the target users. But I do think that the device, or something similar, would definitely have appeal to a wider audience as well. I bet university students would snatch them up, as would writers/journalists - I know several print journalists with those little Dana palmOS devices.

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