M$ to offer strip down version of its product for $3 in developing nations

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  1. gkarris macrumors 604

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    I find it interesting that $100 laptops and stripped down versions of software is supposed to solve the world's problems of poverty and hunger...
     
  2. johnee macrumors 6502a

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    when they strip out all the stuff that makes it useful, all that will be left are the bugs/security holes :D
     
  3. clevin thread starter macrumors G3

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    OLPC is a nice project to improve the education of African children, I support it with no reservation.

    M$'s project is another issue which I don't think I know the whole truth yet.
     
  4. gkarris macrumors 604

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    One of our Pastors just got back from Africa - she showed us pics. I think they'd rather have food than laptops....:(
     
  5. Swarmlord macrumors 6502a

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    No kidding. They need $1,000 tractors more than $100 computers.
     
  6. clevin thread starter macrumors G3

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    lol, they need helps at all kinds of different levels, can't treat the whole society as a whole.:)
     
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  8. clevin thread starter macrumors G3

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    true, if you assume all ppl there will not consider a legal product when its price is at acceptable level, $199 for Americans is like $1600 for them, while $3 for Americans is like $25 for them, I am sure most ppl (even in US, UK, etc) won't consider a copy of OS at $1600, but they sure like a legal copy at $25.
     
  9. TheMasin9 macrumors 6502a

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    osx for free

    i remember ooo probably 7-8 months ago Steve offered to install OSX on all of those laptops for no charge at all. I believe there was some argument about it being a proprietary OS and that they were going to stick with Red Hat or something. i think its kind of rediculous that they would not want a mainstream OS on those laptops. Granted linux is pretty stable, but OSX is used by 5% of the population (or whatever) Red Hat, less than 1%.
     
  10. clevin thread starter macrumors G3

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    OLPC is a small laptop with everything built in. I don't think SJ was offering hardware, and its hard to imagine OSX would fit in a laptop as cheap as those, take a look
    [​IMG]
     
  11. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    *cough* iBook G3 */cough*
     
  12. clevin thread starter macrumors G3

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    lol, iBooks G3 is much bigger than this, with larger HDD, RAM, AFAIK, the olpc is using a flash drive with several GBs space as HDD.
     
  13. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    You do remember the original clamshell, right?
     
  14. clevin thread starter macrumors G3

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    I only saw it, never really touched it. yes, I know the colorful design looks similar. :)
     
  15. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    More about the specifications...
     
  16. clevin thread starter macrumors G3

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    ok, take a look at http://www.laptop.org/en/laptop/hardware/specs.shtml
    specs:
    then, size, this thing is Tiny:
    [​IMG]
     

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