Digital guru floats sub-$100 PC

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  1. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Nicholas Negroponte, chairman and founder of MIT's Media Labs, says he is developing a laptop PC that will go on sale for less than $100 (£53).

    BBC News

    This sounds like a really good idea... and no, it won't run Doom 3. :)
     
  2. stoid macrumors 601

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    I suppose you'd have to run Linux, and any version of Windows would drive you over the $100 price tag just to legally run the OS.

    edit: just noticed it mentions that the idea came from Maine's "laptop experiment" which IIRC was Apple iBooks.
     
  3. Blue Velvet thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    "...a Linux-based operating system"

    "He plans to be distributing them by the end of 2006 and is already in discussion with the Chinese education ministry who are expected to make a large order."

    Hmm... hasn't Bill Gates also been getting awfully interested in China recently?
     
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    Everything seems good on paper, I would like to see this happen by the end of this year or part of the project. :)
     
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    Free software-only is a given, but the real challenge (acknowledged in the article) is the display--even the cheapest laptop-sized LCDs cost more than $100, so they're looking at funky rear-projection technology. It'll probably be ugly and bulky if they can get it done, but in a developing country that's not a big issue--beats nothing at all.

    Considering that there are several palm devices that retail for the $100 range, it seems like something along those lines might be smarter.
     
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