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CNN.com: Modified game consoles to narrow digital divide

Jul 06, 2001, 21:00 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joris Evers)

Here's another plan to narrow the worldwide digital divide: equip Playstations with Linux and let them loose in the Third World.

"People in developing nations could soon be using modified Linux game consoles equipped with satellite links to help them learn about vital health issues. The project, sponsored by Western and Asian business leaders working through the World Economic Forum (WEF), aims to narrow the so-called digital divide....

"The ideal device for the project would be Sony's PlayStation console, according to [project founder John] Gage. The console already supports Linux and Sun's Java programming language. In addition, a hard disk can be connected to the device using the IEEE1394 fire wire port."

"'The PlayStation, $300 with a DVD-player and it runs Linux and Java, it's huge. Why would you ever put a PC someplace? It breaks all the time. You would spend more time fixing it than teaching (how to use it),' said Gage. 'These things (the PlayStation consoles) are designed for 12-year-olds and are really powerful.'"

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