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First Photos of MIT $100 Laptop

CmdrTaco posted more than 8 years ago | from the only-a-matter-of-time dept.

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An anonymous reader noted that MITs $100 laptop was unveiled at the Seven Countries Task Force Meeting. It runs a special version of the Fedora linux and it comes with native wireless lan support. You can see the photo album, and you can pledge to buy one at triple price... in order to donate 2 of them to children.

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How adorable!! (5, Funny)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393226)

Awwwww, look at their little ears! I just wanna pet them!

Re:How adorable!! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15393303)

Awwwww, look at their little ears! I just wanna pet them!

What an incredibly racist thing to say. They're human beings, not animals.

Re:How adorable!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15393362)

Er, no, they're $100 computers, not human beings. I think you misunderstood the OP.

Re:How adorable!! (0)

Adrilla (830520) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393417)

Wow, I can actually feel the breeze from the joke flying over your head.

Re:How adorable!! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15393380)

I am an animal, you insensitive clod!

Re:How adorable!! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15393412)

I am an insensitive clod, you animal!

EARS! (1)

ReidMaynard (161608) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393343)

Is the the first thing I thought. Wonder if we'll see more ears? Maybe a camera nose?

Re:EARS! (1)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393392)

When I get mine, I want to hook it up to my network with a really long cable, and loop it around the top a lot. Then it'll have cable hair!

Re:How adorable!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15393430)

Awwwww, look at their little ears! I just wanna pet them!
 
Shut up. This whole laptop for $100 is a bad idea. Sorry, but that money could be HONESTLY used for much less sinister uses.

Re:How adorable!! (2, Funny)

samsonov (581161) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393440)

Is it me or do the colors come close to a Speak and Spell [speaknspell.co.uk] ?

Re:How adorable!! (1)

Tsen Wrath (953066) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393468)

The real question is, can i SLI ten of these babies together in order to match the power of one $1000 computer? (price not including dell's $35 off $350 coupon)

These look great! (5, Insightful)

Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393229)

The final photo [flickr.com] in the set shows three different colours - they all look fantastic - this photo shows the fedora desktop [flickr.com] . Also looks great!

It should be noted that the 'horns' are for directional wireless (and also cover USB ports when not in use) - remember that if you want to mock them!

I say kudos to AMD, Brightstar, Google, News Corporation, Nortel, and Red Hat for making this possible. It's a pity Gates & Jobs couldn't join in rather then attempting to downplay the fine efforts of this group.

Re:These look great! (2, Interesting)

Evro (18923) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393311)

If you recall, Steve Jobs offered to license Mac OS X to this project for free and they refused.

Re:These look great! (3, Informative)

Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393397)

If you recall, Steve Jobs offered to license Mac OS X to this project for free and they refused.

I do recall. But frankly, that's about as much use as slap in the face with a medium sized trout. It was simply a distraction to:

1) Make Jobs look good.
2) Distract attention from red hat.

Jobs wasn't nasty about it, they way Gates was, but to think that he was being helpful offering OS X is... well, lets just say a little bit of self deception would have to be involved.

Re:These look great! (2, Funny)

FyRE666 (263011) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393458)

If you recall, Steve Jobs offered to license Mac OS X to this project for free and they refused.

Yeah, maybe the caveat that it required the purchase of a powermac G5 with widescreen monitor to qualify wasn't popular?

Re:These look great! (2, Insightful)

stuntpope (19736) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393318)

Not just 3 different colors - 3 different models. The orange, light blue, and green ones shown all have physical differences [flickr.com] . So which one is the one to be produced? I vote for blue.

Re:These look great! (3, Interesting)

jb.hl.com (782137) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393349)

It's a pity Gates & Jobs couldn't join in rather then attempting to downplay the fine efforts of this group.

Gates maybe, but Jobs offered OS X free of charge but was turned down. He tried, they refused.

Re:These look great! (4, Insightful)

tdemark (512406) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393359)

It's a pity Gates & Jobs couldn't join in rather then attempting to downplay the fine efforts of this group.

Which Jobs are you talking about? The only one I am familiar with (Steve), offered free Mac OS X licenses to this group for all the laptops. His offer was declined [macnn.com] . You can argue all you want about his motives, but you really can't say that he "downplayed" anything.

Gates, on the other hand, mocked [informationweek.com] the group's effort.

Would Jobs have liked the pledges? (2, Insightful)

ianscot (591483) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393435)

This is purely speculation, but one has to wonder how Jobs would have felt about the Pledge-at-triple-price system, in which OS X laptops would essentially have been sold at 300 bucks. The new MacBook product is selling for more than 3 times that. How many people would have jumped on a $300 Mac laptop? Toss in the social cause good vibe, and you'd be selling a lot of these where college students would have chosen a MacBook instead.

(But yeah, you're right, Jobs "got" this project, whereas Gates displayed his usual defensively arrogant mediocrity.)

Re:These look great! (1)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393428)

It should be noted that the 'horns' are for directional wireless (and also cover USB ports when not in use) - remember that if you want to mock them!

I was thinking that *BSD would be a great choice as an OS, it would be a backdoor attempt to keep the Daemon's image out there.

LK

Freedom where art thou? (1, Flamebait)

Distinguished Hero (618385) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393230)

You can see the photo album, and you can pledge to buy one at triple price... in order to donate 2 of them to children.

Can I just one buy one at the regular price without being discriminated against (see price discrimination). Forced charity is no charity at all.

Re:Freedom where art thou? (3, Insightful)

necro81 (917438) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393254)

Consider it computing using a sliding price scale - just like many medical care centers use. The people with great insurance or who pay in full outright, because they have the means to do so, effectively subsidize the care for those who can't pay as much, or anything.

Re:Freedom where art thou? (4, Insightful)

Kadin2048 (468275) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393400)

That's also price discrimination; it only works because you can't easily resell medical care.

Otherwise, I'd find some bum on the street, pay him fifty bucks to go into the medical center and get my "care," then buy it off of him for less than I'd actually pay.

There's a reason you don't see too many 'sliding scales' used for physical goods: it's too easy to turn around and resell them. Really, you can only vary the prices by less than it would cost to transport the good to an area where prices are higher. (Unless you have some artificial scheme for preventing the movement of goods, i.e. DVD region codes.) Otherwise, it doesn't take Adam Smith to figure out that people will just ship the low-priced goods to the areas where they sell for more, undercut the "official" channel, and make a profit.

Re:Freedom where art thou? (2, Insightful)

fatphil (181876) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393270)

RTFA:
"""
The suggestion has been made that he also offer it for sale for ~$300 to the rest of us so that we do have an interesting macnine and can help to support the cost computers for the developing world.
"""

What bit of "also" do you not understand?

FatPhil

Re:Freedom where art thou? (4, Interesting)

Distinguished Hero (618385) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393272)

And if they do intend to engage in price discrimination, I hope they have found a way to prevent arbitrage, or else people may make businesses out of buying them at $100 and selling them at ~$200 in the countries where the negative price discrimination policy is in effect.

Re:Freedom where art thou? (2, Insightful)

Kadin2048 (468275) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393354)

And if they do intend to engage in price discrimination, I hope they have found a way to prevent arbitrage, or else people may make businesses out of buying them at $100 and selling them at ~$200...

Yeah, the free market is a bitch like that.

Re:Freedom where art thou? (1)

fatphil (181876) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393374)

Well, the fact that they don't intend to sell them to the public at all should counter most of your worries. This pledge drive is intending to get them to change that. However, given that pledges are currently coming in from people like "I. P. Freely", I guess it'll probably get ignored.

It's all in TFA, if you'd cared to R it.

FatPhil

Re:Freedom where art thou? (1)

Distinguished Hero (618385) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393427)

They intend to sell them in "developing" countries, or distribute them through some sort of method, no? If they are not sold in "developed" countries, or are sold in developed countries at an inflated, discriminatory price, the incentive is created for people in the "developing" countries to sell their laptops to people in the "developed" countries. Basic economics. Unless that was the intent of the project, it would be advisable that the laptops are sold at a similar price everywhere to discourage arbitrage. And yes, I did "RTFA," to the extend that the "A" can be referred to as such.

Re:Freedom where art thou? (2, Insightful)

famebait (450028) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393462)

These boxes aren't exactly powerhouses. In an industrialsed country with a normal second hand market for computers, this box is probably not the best way to spend your $200.

Re:Freedom where art thou? (5, Insightful)

benjjj (949782) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393278)

How is it forced charity? Forced charity would be if we were paying taxes for third world orphans to get gov't-funded laptops.

This is just like being nice and giving to public radio, and they give you a sweet tote bag in return. Here, you're paying $300 to charity, as a nice, charitable human being, and you're getting a laptop in return.

Don't be so whiney.

Re:Freedom where art thou? (1)

JPriest (547211) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393453)

It isn't just about charity. They plan for the laptops to cost $100 each over time, but I am sure they will be muce more expensive to manufacture at first. They are only selling them for $300 if they get 100,000 other people to do it as well. I assume that unless that many people sign up the cost of selling them will be too high even at $300 each. I think they are using this to get the project off the ground.

Re:Freedom where art thou? (1)

FroBugg (24957) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393298)

The problem is that, while they're making it as inexpensive as possible, it probably still costs more than $100 to make. I don't know this for sure, but I imagine some of the hardware manufacturers are offering special discounts specifically for its purpose as a charity device. If you were to just walk up and try to buy one, you'd then be demanding to benefit from their charity.

Re:Freedom where art thou? (3, Insightful)

Bitter Cup O Joe (146008) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393309)

Wah! I live in a developed country and I don't want to pay more than someone in a developing country for something I want! Why should I subsidize something for poor people!

Tell you what. Why don't you move to Africa with no money or resources, try to find work or an education, with little food, little to no medical care, the constant threat of violence, an unstable government, while relying on the kindness of strangers to even have a stab at making a decent life for yourself?

Then we'll let you pay $100 for a laptop. Hey, maybe someone will even pay $300 to buy one for themself, and you can get one for free!

Until then, STFU and pay $300 for the privilege of owning a toy you'll probably barely use.

Re:Freedom where art thou? (-1, Flamebait)

Distinguished Hero (618385) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393371)

Tell you what. Why don't you move to Africa with no money or resources, try to find work or an education, with little food, little to no medical care, the constant threat of violence, an unstable government, while relying on the kindness of strangers to even have a stab at making a decent life for yourself?

I was born and spent over 45% of my life in an underdeveloped shithole of a country where if you wanted food you had to stand in a line for hours on end, and if you said the wrong thing about the government "bad things" would happen to you and your family. Quit the condescending knee-jerk emotional arguments when you don't even know the first thing about me or my life. Address my points (price discrimination, how do they plan to prevent arbitrage?) or go wank your self-righteous self at the expense of others somewhere else.

Re:Freedom where art thou? (3, Insightful)

10Ghz (453478) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393403)

Well, you might have had a tough life, but you are still an ass. And no, having a tough life is not an excuse for being an asshole. You are just pissed because people in third-world countris can have this laptop for 100 bucks, whereas you have to pay $300. Well, cry me a river. Don't like the price? Then don't buy it and stop your whining.

Re:Freedom where art thou? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15393471)

After you left the US, where did you move to?

Re:Freedom where art thou? (0, Troll)

arivanov (12034) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393347)

I know that I will be moderated into the ground for this post, but here it comes anyway. Where I can donate so that the children get a decent properly educated teacher and some new high quality schoolbooks instead of this?

Re:Freedom where art thou? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15393404)

These are textbooks...

Re:Freedom where art thou? (2, Insightful)

DaPoulpe (795028) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393416)

I'm sure you'll find *plenty* of organizations that are in need of money to handle this kind of aid, if you just try to google for it..
This is just a new interesting attempt in another direction, if you don't support it feel free to contribute for something else.

Re:Freedom where art thou? (1)

lukas84 (912874) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393421)

We don't have that either, so why should they get it?

Re:Freedom where art thou? (1)

MMC Monster (602931) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393442)

It depends on the country. In the United States you might want to donate to a private school in your county. In other countries in which education is more respected and the teachers unions are not as well entrenched, donating to the public school system is usually allowable.

Re:Freedom where art thou? (5, Insightful)

Fhqwhgadss (905393) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393451)

Oxfam [oxfam.org.uk] does this. But if you actually gave a shit you'd know this already instead of blindly bashing the $100 laptop project. After all there's more than one way to try to help others and nobody is forcing you to do it their way.

Re:Freedom where art thou? (2, Insightful)

linvir (970218) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393459)

If you really gave a shit, you'd already know where, and would have donated. But you don't, you're just trying to score points, literally. 'I bet you'll mod me down' is weak reverse psychology but we all know how well it works here.

Addressing your point, however, how do you expect kids to learn about IT without access to computers?

Re:Freedom where art thou? (5, Informative)

MindStalker (22827) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393375)

Did you even read the pledge to buy one page??

It specifically stated that it was not associated with the MIT project and that infact that MIT has specifically stated that they cannot garantee that this is even possible. BUT it was implied that given a large enough order it may be. So some guy setup a website to see if he can meet a goal of 100,000 pledges in hope that MIT will agree.

Re:Freedom where art thou? (1)

jandrese (485) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393401)

If it's any consolation, you can't buy one at any price. Here's the text on the pledge page:
Note: The Media project is specifically NOT offering this for sale, and though I disagree with this position and hope that this pledge may show them that there are enough people who might be interesting in supporting this project, I felt that I should post their position:
The comments below it just reinforce the "not availble for sale" position. You're basically just signing an internet petition with that page. Personally, I think it'd be a good idea even though I'm sure the Media project seriously doesn't want to do tech support for 100,000 doners.

Re:Freedom where art thou? (1)

famebait (450028) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393433)

Forced charity is no charity at all.

Umm, I think you're missing what the goal here is. The point is getting these laptops into the hands of poor kids. Selling them to you for $100 won't help that. Using them as bait for donations might. Whether the latter qualifies as charity or not in your or anyone else's opinion doesn't even enter the equation.

If you need that "true charity" kick so bad, just donate some cash and don't order the box.

Re:Freedom where art thou? (2, Insightful)

LurkerXXX (667952) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393454)

Dear bonehead,

The group producing these is producing them for charity. Not so you can get a cheap PC. It's not a corporation with servicing you as a customer in mind. It's a charity trying to provide things for less fortunate people who need them.

Why don't you try going down to your local soup kitchen and tell them you want to buy a meal, but they better only charge you want it costs to make the food, because you don't want to have to donate to the other folks standing in line. See what kind of reception you get.

And it looks like... (-1, Flamebait)

ylikone (589264) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393231)

...something Fisher Price would put out. Or maybe a speak-and-spell. Still, I wouldn't mind getting one for playing around with.

Re:And it looks like... (1)

Professor_UNIX (867045) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393319)

...something Fisher Price would put out.

I don't think these were running Windows XP were they?

Re:And it looks like... (1)

donnyspi (701349) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393464)

If they were running XP, that'd be at least $100 right there!

Re:And it looks like... (1)

Ant P. (974313) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393388)

If you have a better idea what electronics intended to be used by kids should look like, feel free to let us know.

Re:And it looks like... (1)

ylikone (589264) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393420)

Actually, they don't look that bad... I was just commenting on how they DO look like kids laptops... because they are! Anyway, I also read that they make them in these stand-out colors so as to prevent theft.

Hand Powered? (4, Informative)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393235)

I don't understand something, these are supposed to be crank powered to solve the situation where there isn't any electricity. On the blog link, you can see the crank in the back. On the Flikr account, I can maybe see it being concealed in the blue-ish laptop but I can't figure out where it is on the other two. Perhaps it is folded up?

Why are they showing us pictures of them just sitting there? Why aren't their pictures of people powering them up or people checking e-mail/forums?

Possibly the biggest problem working on this laptop is its small 12' screen. I wish I could see what kind of resolution that results in but I can't see the screen in any of these shots.

If you want to make the pledge but don't know the specs, check out the Wikipedia article [wikipedia.org] on it.

Re:Hand Powered? (5, Informative)

Trigun (685027) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393257)

From what I've been reading on these ones, is that the pictured ones are not crank-powered. The dynamo ones will be made available though.

Re:Hand Powered? (4, Informative)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393305)

Check this for better pictures of these:

http://www.laptop.org/download.en_US.html [laptop.org]

Still not sure what the "ears" are for.

Re:Hand Powered? (3, Interesting)

JanneM (7445) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393357)

Possibly the biggest problem working on this laptop is its small 12' screen. I wish I could see what kind of resolution that results in but I can't see the screen in any of these shots.

My current laptop has a 10.4' screen at 1024x768, and I actually use it as my main machine, both for writing and development. My plan was to complement this machine with a full-size desktop, but that purchase got delayed for various reasons and I found I don't need one after all.

Yes, the screen is small, but since I sit close to it (the whole machine being compact), it's not a problem for me in practice.

Re:Hand Powered? (1)

punkr0x (945364) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393364)

I thought they decided the crank was impractical and did away with it in favor of a foot pedal, after Bill Gates made fun of the crank. I hope not, I still think the crank is a good idea.

Re:Hand Powered? (1)

nincehelser (935936) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393395)

The hand crank idea was dropped because of the resulting mechanical stresses involved.

That makes a lot of sense. The torque on the screen, motherboard, and body would eventually lead to failures. A foot pedal or hand crank attached through a wire would solve the problem.

Substitute screen? (4, Informative)

RobotWisdom (25776) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393250)

Are they claiming that screen is the production version, or just a placeholder? Because last I heard the (specially lowcost) screen was still being developed...

Re:Substitute screen? (1)

benjjj (949782) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393299)

I'm surprised it's in color. You'd think a big old-iPod-style B&W screen would do the job and save a bunch of cash.

Re:Substitute screen? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15393418)

The first-generation OLPC laptops are expected to have a novel low-cost TFT LCD display. Later generations of the OLPC laptop are expected to use low-cost, low-power and high-resolution electronic paper displays.


The display is actually very clever. You can run it both in color mode and b&w mode (with higher resolution).
wikipedia [wikipedia.org]

I would love to buy one (3, Interesting)

scenestar (828656) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393259)

Just not in that fluorecent green or orange.

cant they sell me a plain black one?

sure as hell would replace my pda/ipod/other crap I haul around

Re:I would love to buy one (1)

punkr0x (945364) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393345)

Lol. You wanna replace your iPod with one of these? It doesn't even have a hard disk.

Re:I would love to buy one (4, Insightful)

OakDragon (885217) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393446)

I heard the juvenile colors were intended to discourage light-fingered adults against stealing them from kids.

Are there TWO track pads? (1)

chazzzzy (238911) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393260)

It looks liek there are 2 track pads? How would you use those?

Re:Are there TWO track pads? (1)

chazzzzy (238911) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393282)

Oh.. on closer inspection.. it's one huge trackpad and 2 huge buttons. Weird.

Re:Are there TWO track pads? (1)

Masami Eiri (617825) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393286)

1 pad, double wide. Why? Dunno.

Re:Are there TWO track pads? (1)

lamber45 (658956) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393342)

My guess is that there's one on each side of the screen so that the user can use his right hand or his left hand. I like the design, although it looks like they've decided to steal the Ubuntu [ubuntu.com] colors...

I'd Take It Over The Overheating MacBooks! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15393263)

I assume these laptops don't burn your testicles like Apple's Intel portables do.

I don't know what is worse, the ball burning or the stupid MacBook name...

specs? (-1, Redundant)

celardore (844933) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393268)

I can't see any other details about specifications... even the basics.

Still, for £55 I guess anything would be acceptable. I want a laptop, and for that money it's almost disposable I guess.

Specs here (4, Informative)

ylikone (589264) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393456)

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%24100_laptop [wikipedia.org]

Features: * CPU: AMD Geode GX2-533@1.1W * CPU clock speed: 400 Mhz with 0.25 W power consumption. * SVGA 7.5 diagonal transmissive and reflective liquid crystal display used in one of two modes: o Reflective "sunlight readable" monochrome mode with 1200 by 900 pixel resolution (for ebook reading outdoors--this is 200 dpi) o Transmissive Color/DVD mode with approximately 693 by 520 pixel resolution with backlighting (for laptop use) * 128 MB of DRAM * 512 MB of flash memory * Wireless networking using an "Extended Range" 802.11b wireless chipset run at a low bitrate (2 Mbit/s) to minimize power consumption. * Conventional layout alphanumeric keyboard localized for the country of use. * Touchpad for mouse control and handwriting input * Built-in stereo speakers * Built-in microphone * Audio based on the AC97 codec, with jacks for external stereo speakers and microphones, Line-out, and Mic-in * 3 external USB ports. * Power sources: o AC Cord that doubles as carrying strap o two C (R14) or D size rechargable batteries and a hand-crank generator o four C (LR14) or D (LR20) alkaline batteries.

Intentionally omitted features: * no motor driven moving parts o no hard disk drive o no optical drive (e.g. CDROM or DVD drive) o no floppy drive * no IDE interface (as there are no drives with which to interface) * no PCMCIA card slot

Dupe? (4, Informative)

blcamp (211756) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393276)


Photos have been out for some time, actually.

http://laptop.media.mit.edu/ [mit.edu]

linux (0, Troll)

millwall (622730) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393289)

MITs $100 laptop was unveiled at the Seven Countries Task Force Meeting. It runs a special version of the Fedora linux

But.... Does it run Linux???

DOH!!!

Vista (1)

ylikone (589264) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393434)

But will it run Vista?!

Double Doh!!

Even Better!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15393296)

How about the new Apple laptop from HP? [flickr.com] That's totally wicked!!!!!

Why? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15393301)

The photo gallery shows pictures of black, poor people smiling on the laptop screens. Is this some sort of niggerdevice? Why? I mean, it's not like niggers can use computers anyway! What is the point of even manufacturing these machines? They'll probably tie them to sticks and use them to prod down bananas from trees!

Re:Why? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15393330)

Yeah, either that or use the "ears" to rape infants in order to cure their AIDS. Sheesh. Stop wasting our tax money on stuff like this... Who cares about niglet "education" anyway. They're genetically doomed to failure, a colourful rubber laptop ain't gonna help that.

MOD PARENT UP (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15393376)

Very insightful!

Re:MOD PARENT UP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15393466)

perhaps someone would have modded the parent up if you'd actually replied to the post instead of replying to the entire thread in general.

I'm in... (4, Informative)

PenguinBoyDave (806137) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393314)

I'll pay for three and donate two any day of the week. I'm not rolling in cash mind you, but if I can help by providing something for those that can't afford it, then I think that is my responsibility, especially if I espouse the Free Software ideal.

Ethan Zuckerman - one bit short of a nybble? (1, Insightful)

fatphil (181876) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393323)

On the 'worldchanging' link on the pledge page, quoth Ethan Zuckerman:
"""
I wonder if the hinges are going to be a problem - the current design requires a hinge for the gasket and a separate hinge that allows 340 degrees of freedom between the screen and the keyboard.
"""

Yeah, right. How about you learn what engineering terms mean before you use them in _completely the wrong way_.

Sheesh, and such blog journalism is the future, eh? ${DEITY} help us.
FatPhil

419 on its way (0, Troll)

User 956 (568564) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393324)

So, does Nigeria really *need* more people with computers and internet access?

I mean, seriously...

Re:419 on its way (1)

King_TJ (85913) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393402)

All we can hope is that with the money they're saving on these $100 laptops, they'll feel less of a need to scam everyone to make up the difference!

So it's running Fedora Whore desktop? (1)

kirk26 (811030) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393331)

So basically it's a $100 paper weight.

/. effect (4, Interesting)

i_should_be_working (720372) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393335)

It's hard to be certain because you can't zoom in, but this [pledgebank.com] may be the coolest example of the /. effect ever.

Re:/. effect (1)

jandrese (485) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393372)

Ouch 100,000 signers in 5 months? They'd better get the word out some more. I would not know about this except through Slashdot.

He's not very genuine (1)

StringBlade (557322) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393443)

If this guy were genuine about his offer to buy a $100 for $300 he would have probably done two things:

1. Bought one unconditionally
2. Pledged to buy a second if 1,000 people also bought one (much more reasonable than 100,000)

To me, it's just a bogus pledge that he posted with no intention of really buying a laptop at thrice the price - hence the exhorbitantly high number of required pledgers and the short timeline.

Move along, nothing to see here. If you want to buy one buy one, but this guy doesn't.

Fr'ist stop (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15393340)

Claim that BSD is a Is 3ying and its

Food & Water (1)

johnnyR (211170) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393360)

doesn't the developing world need clean water and food more than laptops? maybe even the ability of not being dragged out of your home and murdered rather than laptops? i do see what is trying to be accomplished here but there are bigger issues than getting the poor on the net.

Source of Very Cheap Labor (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15393368)

I see they're trying to build up a pool of cheap labor.

I'll wait for the final version. (1)

elgee (308600) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393369)

I might buy one at $300, but I want to see the final version first. This is just a prototype and the final version might be very different.

Software Question (5, Funny)

rlp (11898) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393370)

Does it come with the Young Lady's Illustrated Primer?

Since when did a Speak & Spell cost 100 bucks? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15393382)

Since when did a Speak & Spell cost 100 bucks?

missings modes? (2, Interesting)

lawpoop (604919) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393383)

This is great that the project is advancing, but I was dissappointed that the laptop wasn't capable of changing to other modes as was originally planned. Check out the image in the wikipedia article [wikipedia.org] -- there is a carrying mode, a theater mode, a laptop mode, and a tablet mode. However, this first prototype has only the laptop modes we are familiar with.

more useful info (4, Informative)

user24 (854467) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393389)

http://www.laptop.org/map.en_US.html [laptop.org] gives a colour coded map of planned distribution areas

and from the FAQ (laptop.org/faq.en_US.html):

The proposed $100 machine will be a Linux-based, with a dual-mode display--both a full-color, transmissive DVD mode, and a second display option that is black and white reflective and sunlight-readable at 3× the resolution. The laptop will have a 500MHz processor and 128MB of DRAM, with 500MB of Flash memory; it will not have a hard disk, but it will have four USB ports. The laptops will have wireless broadband that, among other things, allows them to work as a mesh network; each laptop will be able to talk to its nearest neighbors, creating an ad hoc, local area network. The laptops will use innovative power (including wind-up) and will be able to do most everything except store huge amounts of data.

Nice idea for a pledge, but will it work? (1)

ylikone (589264) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393405)

The comments on the pledge say that they will not be selling these laptops to the public... only available through government systems. While this idea of buy 3, donate 2 seems great, it won't work if the makers are not even considering selling these commercially. I imagine that they might be taking a loss on manufacturing these and are only going to give them to the poor who need them. In the western world, if you can think about paying triple for a laptop, then you probably also don't have a problem in just giving $200 to world vision or something. Take your remaining $100 and buy an old used Pentium 1 laptop from ebay if you really need one and install something like Damn Small Linux.

Cheaper? (-1, Troll)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393425)

If it aims to be so cheap, why use Fedora instead of CentOS?

For less then $1.00 a day... (2, Interesting)

dwayner79 (880742) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393445)

Does this mean the commercials for world hunger will stop? Seriously, what will they look like when they show kids who have no food playing solitare on their hand cranked laptops.

Sorry for being cynical, but every time this comes up, it amazes me. Good idea, but priorities seem out of wack.

Could be a best seller... (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 8 years ago | (#15393455)

If Fisher-Price made them and sold them for $50 USD. Be the ultimate kiddie scripter hardware. :)
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