The One Laptop Per Child project says the "$100 laptop" for children in developing countries will actually cost $175. But they also add that besides opensource software the machine will also run Windows, The Inq reports.
Nicholas Negroponte said that so far he had managed to flog the idea to Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Pakistan, Thailand, Nigeria and Libya. So far none of them have come up with cash. Libya is probably waiting for the delivery of some ransom money for the Bulgarian nurses it is holding hostage. The project needs orders for three million machines so its manufacturing and distribution effort can get rolling.
However Negroponte expects mass production to begin by October and orders to come from Peru and Russia. He hopes that the costs of the machine could drop by a quarter this year as the project gets bigger.
What is surprising is that after developing some fairly natty software with Red Hat, the OLP will have the option of running Microsoft's $3 XP starter gear which Vole announced for developing nations. Chief Vole Bill Gates once said that the OLP machine was not a "decent computer".
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Re: $100 OLPC costs $175 - but will run Windows by Anonymous on Monday, April 30 2007 @ 12:55:37 CEST
Look on people's faces when they see what MS has done to them:
Re: $100 OLPC costs $175 - but will run Windows by Thomas De Maesschalck(firstname.lastname@example.org) on Monday, April 30 2007 @ 13:33:42 CEST
They will probably get the cheap $3 cut-down Windows Vista version :P