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$100 Laptop: Linux or OpenSolaris?

Nov 17, 2005, 14:30 (6 Talkback[s])

CNET News: $100 Laptop Expected in Late 2006

"A hand-cranked laptop that will cost roughly $100 is expected to be in the hands of schoolchildren in poorer countries by late 2006.

"MIT Media Lab Chairman Nicholas Negroponte said at a United Nations Internet summit here that his nonprofit organization was negotiating with manufacturers and would have an initial order placed by February or March. Thailand and Brazil are among the six governments that have showed the strongest interest, Negroponte said..."

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Macsimum News: Negroponte's Vision of a $100 Laptop Unveiled, Yet the Mystery Continues

"The only thing that Negroponte said on the software side of the equation at first was that it was going to be open source. Later, when specifically asked about the Operating System, Negroponte stated 'Whether it's Linux or some flavor... we're working on that now.'

"That publicly stated generality would make it far too early to assume anything. Although there's been a lot of noise about the operating system not being OS X, one has to consider that Apple's open source Darwin project has just as much chance of being that open source OS as anything else..."

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