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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

One laptop per child for $100

The $100 Laptop is a challenge to build and distribute a simple PC to bridge the digital divide. While the Internet and Computers are becoming more commonplace everyday, there is a divide that is quickly growing between the haves and the have-nots. The central aim of the project is to provide a cost-effective ($100) computer to less affluent areas of the world.

There are many contenders in this challenge the most noticeable being a group of academic and industry members building the One-Laptop-Per-Child (OLPC) Laptop. Members of this group include Nicholas Negroponte (MIT Media Lab), numerous other MIT faculty, Google, Nortel Networks, RedHat, AMD, and several other companies.

There is a lot of discussion over the merit of these low cost laptops and Phil Hartup at bit-tech has written a good review of the three major contenders and the machines they are proposing.

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