Digital guru floats sub-$100 PC

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Blue Velvet, Feb 7, 2005.

  1. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    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


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    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

    Jul 4, 2004
    "...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?
  4. maya macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2004
    somewhere between here and there.
    Everything seems good on paper, I would like to see this happen by the end of this year or part of the project. :)
  5. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    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.
  6. mactastic macrumors 68040


    Apr 24, 2003

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